On Monday, August 21, a total solar eclipse will pass over North America, the first time one has crossed completely over the continent since 1979.
The path of 100% totality will pass through parts of Wyoming, Idaho, and South Dakota.
Most of Montana will see a partial solar eclipse, where sun obscuration will be greater than 80%, and more than 90% in parts of southern Montana.
In Great Falls, the eclipse will begin at 10:19 a.m. Maximum obscurity - about 88.5% - will occur at 11:35 a.m. The eclipse will end in Great Falls at 12:57 p.m.
Great Falls College-MSU will host a solar eclipse viewing on that day, and is inviting people to attend.
NASA says that the only safe way to look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun.
GFC-MSU will have approximately 500 eclipse-safe viewing glasses available to students, faculty, staff and the community on a first-come, first-served basis during the viewing.
The college will also show NASA’s livestream of the eclipse in the Weaver Library.
“It’s not every day you get the chance to see a solar eclipse,” said Laura Wight, director of eLearning and library services. “We hope the community will join us to experience this incredibly rare event.”
The solar eclipse viewing event at the college will start at 10 a.m. on August 21st on the northeast edge of campus.
This event is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Erin Granger at GFC-MSU at 406.771.4314.