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Eclipse at Westminster

"Eclipse at Westminster" Events


Sunday, August 20


  • 2 p.m.       Lecture in the Church of St. Mary the Virgin Aldermanbury, National Museum Director Timothy Riley lectures on architect of church, Christopher Wren, who was also an astronomer, and rediscovered Churchill essay "Are We Alone in the Universe? The lecture may also be viewed by live stream at http://westminster-mo.edu/news/LiveStreaming/default.html


  • 2:30 p.m.    "Music of the Spheres" . Concert will take place in the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury on the magnificent Mander organ with David Sinden, church organist and music director for St. Peters Episcopal Church in St Louis.


The Sunday event is free with Museum admission ($8.50) for adults, $7.50 for senior citizens, $6.50 for ages 12-18, $5.50 for ages 6-11, and free for children age 5 and under).


Monday, August 21


  •  11 a.m.     Lecture by Dr. Kent Palmer, Emeritus Professor of Physics, and Dr. Leah Criswell, Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics, in Champ Auditorium on solar eclipses.  Special eclipse viewing glasses distributed after lecture.  Professor Palmer's lecture may also be viewed by live stream at http://westminster-mo.edu/news/LiveStreaming/default.html


  • 11:30 a.m.  BBQ Picnic Style Lunch at Backer Dining Hall and Priest Football Field. $10.00 charge paid at dooor RSVP to alumni@westminster-mo.edu


  • 11:44 a.m.  Partial Eclipse Viewing from Priest Field


  • 1:13 p.m.    Total Eclipse  Viewing from Priest Field


  • 1:30 p.m.    Eclipse Ends


A satellite eclipse viewing area is available at Crane's Country Store, owned by David '90 and Amy '91 Crane.

For more information on Callaway County activities, go to http://www.visitfulton.com/eclipse.html.  More information on the eclipse itself can be found at www.greatamericaneclipse.com.

Caution: Never look at the sun without eye protection, even during a partial eclipse. During the total eclipse, there will be an approximately two and one-half minute period when the moon completely covers the sun. You need no eye protection during this period of totality. However, you will need protection for the partial phases before and after totality. Only use approved solar viewing filters for direct viewing. Sunglasses will not protect your eyes during the partial eclipse. The only safe way to view the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is with tested and approved glasses and viewers that block harmful and invisible solar rays.







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