Great American Eclipse 2017

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On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the Sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk.


Riverside, CA will be treated to a partial solar eclipse, with the Moon covering up to 62% of the Sun.

  • 9:06 AM (PDT) – Beginning of eclipse
  • 10:22 AM – Maximum eclipse
  • 11:46 AM – Eclipse end

UC Riverside is holding a viewing event with telescopes at the campus’ Bell Tower. It’s free and open to the public. However parking permits must be purchased and we recommend using lots 4 and 6. The event starts at 10:00 AM and ends at the same time as the eclipse.


NEVER observe a solar eclipse without proper protection, you might go blind. Sunglasses and dark glass do not work to protect your eyes.

There are several safe ways to see solar eclipses: