Voorhees College students, faculty, and staff will observe the historic Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21st. Classes will not be suspended.
The College community is recommended to gather at Massachusetts Hall to pick up eclipse glasses and to view the solar eclipse from surrounding areas.
The last time, a total eclipse crossed the Continental United States was in 1776. 241 years ago, making this a once in a lifetime event. The eclipse of the sun will be partial between 1:13 pm to 4:15 pm August 21, 2017. The Total eclipse however will occur at 2:43:42s and last one minute.
Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (“totality”), when the moon entirely blocks the sun’s bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality (https://go.nasa.gov/2pC0lhe(link is external). The ONLY SAFE way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses.” Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun; they transmit thousands of times too much sunlight. Eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers should be compliant with the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard. Eclipse glasses will be available at Massachusetts Hall at 12:30 p.m.