HBCUs To Shine During Solar Eclipse

Historically black colleges and universities nationwide are emerging as valuable resources in preparation for today’s solar eclipse. From safe watching advice to weather and atmospheric monitoring, HBCU campuses will welcome new public exposure this afternoon in connection with the rare national eclipse, the likes of which haven’t been visible in the United States for 99 years.

Morehouse College Physics Chair Willie Rockward offers viewing tips for the height of the eclipse.

In Orangeburg, SC., astronomers at South Carolina State University will be a part of a national team collecting images and data to document the event, an initiative funded in part by NASA and the National Science Foundation.

With South Carolina in the direct travel path of the eclipse, SCSU, Benedict College and Clafin University will all hold campus-based viewing parties for the event.

At Tennessee State University, officials expect as many as 10,000 members of the campus and Nashville community to visit the campus for the viewing party.

“It’s going to be a fun day,” said TSU Dean of Students Frank Stevenson. “We want it to be a day that you will remember where you were on this day. It will also be an opportunity to showcase a little bit of Tennessee State University.”

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