Use caution during Aug. 21 solar eclipse

Do not look directly at the sun without approved glasses during Monday's solar eclipse. (Photo by Tom Thompson)

As the MSU community prepares for Monday’s solar eclipse, it is important to keep safety in mind as we witness this natural phenomenon.

MSU will host a viewing of the eclipse from noon until 3 p.m. on Monday on the Drill Field, where 1,000 protective glasses will be distributed.

DO NOT look directly at the sun without approved glasses as it is likely to cause permanent eye damage.

DO NOT point an unprotected camera at the sun at any time, including your cell phone.

In the event of rain or overcast skies, a NASA feed of the eclipse will be projected in Room 1030 of the Old Main Academic Center.

For students, staff and visitors who do not have protective eyewear, it is much safer to stay indoors and watch the eclipse on TV or the internet.  Televisions in the McCool Hall atrium will be turned to the eclipse for safe viewing.

Please note that the normal class schedule for Monday, August 21, 2017 will be in place. It will be at the discretion of the course instructor as to whether they wish to release class to allow students to view the eclipse.

Donna Pierce, MSU associate professor of physics and astronomy, will give a public lecture on the eclipse at 4 p.m. Sunday in Rogers Auditorium (Room 100) of McCool Hall. For more, see https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2017/08/msu-astronomer-discusses-chasing-shadows-prior-historic-solar-eclipse-month/.

For more information on Monday’s solar eclipse viewing on the Drill Field, visit https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2017/08/rare-opportunity-msu-hosts-solar-eclipse-viewing/.

This Monday’s event is a rare opportunity to view a solar eclipse, but make sure your personal safety remains a top priority as the MSU community enjoys the solar eclipse.