LLCC professor will be live from Carbondale on Facebook and broadcast on campus
SPRINGFIELD—A total solar eclipse will be visible from southern Illinois on Monday, Aug. 21. While the eclipse will still be visible from the Springfield area, it will not quite be total. Lincoln Land Community College is providing an opportunity for those not making the journey to southern Illinois to still experience the total solar eclipse through the college’s Facebook page and activities on the LLCC-Springfield campus.
Samantha Reif, LLCC associate professor, will be in southern Illinois and going live on Facebook every half hour from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. to show what the sun and surrounding environment look like, provide information on the astronomical event and answer questions from viewers.
“This once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event just happens to coincide with the first day of classes,” says Reif. “We’re using technology to enable students, faculty, staff and community to still have an opportunity to experience what a total eclipse is like!”
Those who follow LLCC’s Facebook page will receive notifications when live video feeds are taking place. The video will be available on the LLCC Facebook page afterward as well.
In A. Lincoln Commons on campus, a large screen will be set up to showcase Reif’s live-streamed videos. Those on campus will also be able to make pinhole viewers to safely view the eclipse event for themselves.
“It’s important to keep safety in mind when viewing the eclipse,” explains Reif. “It’s never safe to look directly at the sun, and that includes during an eclipse. The only time it’s safe is if you’re in the zone of totality and it’s during the time the sun is completely covered.”
“Sunglasses provide no protection,” she adds. “You will have serious eye damage if you observe the eclipse with sunglasses.”
Eclipse glasses can be purchased, or welding glass #14 or higher can be used to directly see the eclipse. (Hint: to check that you have safe equipment, you should not be able to see anything through it unless you are looking at the sun.)
Reif says indirect viewing is safe and easy, and will show you all the details. “A pinhole viewer can be made by poking a pin through a piece of cardboard, stiff paper or even a paper plate. Turn your back to the sun, hold your viewer above your head and the shadow will have a perfect image of the sun and the eclipsing moon.”
LLCC’s Facebook page can be found at facebook.com/LincolnLandCommunityCollege.