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Eastern Oklahoma State College McAlester campus to hold free public solar eclipse viewing on Oct. 23

10/15/2014

WILBURTON (Oct. 15, 2014) - The McAlester campus of Eastern Oklahoma State College will host a free solar eclipse viewing for the public on Oct. 23 at 4:45 p.m. and will continue until sunset.

The eclipse will be a 50 percent partial solar eclipse and those that wish to view the event will join Eastern’s astronomy professor Phillip Scott on the patio in the center of campus. Professor Scott will instruct his students and members of the public at the event on how to safely view this rare occasion.

Telescopic projections will be available for those who wish to take photos safely of the eclipse. Direct viewing and telescope viewing will also be available, but only if protective solar filters are being used.

A special type of welder’s glass, shade #14, will be available for $2 while supplies last for those at the event. It is highly advised that participants use this welder’s glass to avoid eye damage from the eclipse.

This will be the last major eclipse for the McAlester area until August of 2017, in which a 90 percent solar eclipse will be visible across the entire United States.

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