Skywatchers have an uncommon opportunity to watch a solar eclipse from an unusual vantage point this weekend.
The University of Colorado Boulder is hosting host free eclipse watching at Folsom Field from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 20. The partial eclipse starts at 6:22 pm; maximum eclipse is at 7:30 and sunset 7:50. Anyone who has purchased eclipse-watching glasses at McGuckin or Fiske will be admitted free. Otherwise you can buy glasses for $2 at the stadium – until supplies run out. Organizers suggest PLANNING AHEAD and picking up glasses from McGuckin or Fiske well in advance. There are no eclipse events planned for Denver.
“The best eclipse of the sun in over 10 years is coming to Colorado,” said Doug Duncan, Ph.D., University of Colorado Boulder astronomer and Fiske Planetarium director. “Throughout all of Colorado only a sliver of the sun will be left uncovered by the moon. It should be beautiful, occurring as it does just as the sun sets over the Rockies.”
Fiske has provided over 30,000 safe eclipse-watching glasses to area schools and to the public.
“Come to Folsom stadium and join thousands of others to watch,” Duncan said.
Admission is free. 9News and Univision will be broadcasting TV coverage. Further information can be found at www.eclipse-watch.com
If you enjoy fun science you might want to visit Fiske Director Duncan’s home page and look at the total eclipse, northern lights, and Dec. 21, 2012 educational trips that he leads. This is at http://casa.colorado.edu/~dduncan.