Penn State Erie hosts eclipse viewing Aug. 21

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ERIE, Pa. — Penn State Behrend will host a telescopic viewing of the upcoming solar eclipse Aug. 21, 1-4 p.m., at its School of Science Complex.

The first 100 attendees will receive eclipse-viewing goggles. Free parking will be available.

Live NASA TV coverage of the eclipse will also be played inside the Yahn Planetarium lobby and planetarium programming will be played in the dome 1-2 p.m.

In Erie, at approximately 2:30 p.m., 75.9 percent of the eclipse will be visible. Depending on weather conditions, this could mean that the sky will look similar to the onset of dusk.

Hopkinsville, Kentucky, will be the point of greatest eclipse. In that area, the sky should resemble a bright moonlit night, with some stars and the planets Venus, Mercury, Mars and Jupiter all visible.

Planetarium director Jim Gavio will travel to Kentucky for the eclipse and plans to livestream footage of the episode at its peak point. The footage will be relayed back to Erie and broadcast alongside the NASA TV footage inside Yahn Planetarium.

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