College invites community to participate in campus and community safe-viewing events.
ROSEBURG, Oregon – On Monday, August 21, all of North America will be treated to a total solar eclipse. During this event, the moon will completely cover the sun. It begins at Lincoln Beach, Oregon, at 9:05 a.m. Pacific time, and ends near Charleston, South Carolina, at 2:48 p.m. Eastern time.
To get ready for the global event, Umpqua Community College (UCC) is inviting the community to participate in a variety of campus and community safe-viewing events hosted through its Paul Morgan Observatory.
“Since looking directly at the sun can cause irreversible eye damage, safety is the number one concern during this solar eclipse,” Morgan said.
The first event will take place this Saturday, August 5, at the campus observatory. At 11 a.m., Morgan will present a detailed discussion on how to prepare for this upcoming event. Free solar eclipse projection cards will be available along with details on how to safely view the eclipse. Parking is available near the observatory, but seating inside is limited.
If you can’t make it on Saturday, you can join Morgan and the Umpqua Astronomers Club at the UCC campus on Tuesday, August 8, at 6:30 p.m. in Wayne Crooch Hall Room 18. Meet and talk to other astronomy enthusiasts and strike up a new hobby.
Another event has been created for the Spanish-speaking community. On Sunday, August 13, Morgan will be giving a presentation at St. Joseph Church in Roseburg. It starts at 1:30 p.m., and will be translated by Nick Traz.
If you cannot attend the workshops, perhaps you can listen in. Morgan will be participating in a radio interview on KQEN 1240 with Mercy Hospital on Monday, August 14. You can listen in between 4 and 5 p.m.
On Tuesday, August 15, Morgan will be hosting several teachers from the Roseburg School District K-12 STEAM Program. This event takes place at the campus observatory from 7 to 10:30 p.m.
For more information about the Paul Morgan Observatory at UCC, visit http://www.umpqua.edu/observatory.
About Umpqua Community College
Nestled in the beautiful North Umpqua River Valley, Umpqua Community College is the regional center for higher education in Douglas County, Oregon. UCC provides high quality college degree programs, workforce development, and community learning opportunities.
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