View the solar eclipse at SUNY Orange

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  • Professor William Istone, PhD, is one of two professors at SUNY Orange hosting a solar eclipse viewing event on Aug. 21.

On Aug. 21, the United States will experience a trans-continental solar eclipse. The total eclipse will move from west to east along a 65 mile wide swath entering North America at Oregon and leaving at the South Carolina shore.

Come to SUNY Orange for Solar Eclipse 2017: The Sun in Darkness!

Astronomy professors William Istone, PhD, and Tom Blon, MA, are celebrating the event on the Newburgh and Middletown campuses, respectively, by setting up the large telescopes equipped with sun filters. In addition, eclipse safety glasses will be provided.

On the Newburgh campus, come to the Green Oval outdoors at Kaplan Hall. In Middletown, the event will be held at the center of the campus, the Alumni Green.

For Earthlings, a solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and planet Earth.

In Orange County, a 70 percent eclipse of the sun will happen. The time of the peak is 2:43 p.m. However, it will start at 1:21 p.m. and end at 3:58 p.m. Because the eclipse develops at the time of day when it normally is brightest, the gradual darkness will be obvious.

Fear not! This will be a spectacular natural event.

Also, live-streaming along the swath where the total 100 percent eclipse moves will be available for viewing on nine-foot screens in OCTC Great Room 101, Kaplan Hall (Newburgh) and Sandra and Alan Gerry Forum room 010, Rowley Center for Science and Engineering (Middletown), rain or shine.

This opportunity to view the partial solar eclipse with astronomy professors to guide and explain plus the live-streaming is free and open to the public. Take some time out of your busy schedules to view and better understand the solar eclipse.

Attendees may find free parking in the Kaplan Hall garage accessed at 73 First St, (GPS) Newburgh and Orange Hall lot at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues (GPS: 24 Grandview Ave.) Middletown.

For more information, contact Cultural Affairs at, call 845-341-4891 or visit

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