Bob Jones University to Host Eclipse Experience

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 22, 2017) – Bob Jones University invites the Greenville community to the Eclipse Experience—a special viewing of the 2017 total solar eclipse—August 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. on the BJU campus.

A solar eclipse occurs when the Earth’s view of the sun is obscured (totally or partially) by the moon passing between the Earth and the sun. This year’s total eclipse will result in darkened skies and lowered temperatures for an approximately 70-mile-wide band of Earth, stretching from Oregon to South Carolina. The next total solar eclipse will not occur until 2024.

“Total solar eclipses occur infrequently and the path of totality passes over only a narrow slice of the earth’s surface so most people will not be in the right location to see one during their lifetime,” says Dr. Richard Mowrey, chair of BJU’s Division of Natural Science. “Greenville has the unique privilege of being in the direct path of the eclipse, and we look forward to welcoming friends from across the Upstate to campus as we witness this rare phenomenon and testimony of God’s creation.”

The Eclipse Experience is free and open to junior/senior high school groups and families. The event will feature solar-filtered telescopes and a light-emitting diode (LED) truck display of the NASA livestream of the eclipse. Special eclipse-viewing glasses will be provided to those who register.

Guests will also enjoy hands-on experiments; science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities; demonstrations by the BJU and Bob Jones Academy award-winning robotics teams; and a variety of informational sessions.

Registration is required. For more information about the BJU Eclipse Experience and to register, visit bju.edu/eclipse.

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