Solar Eclipse | August 21, 2017 | Webster University

Solar Eclipse Viewing Event

On August 21, 2017, skywatchers and enthusiasts in the continental US will have the opportunity to witness a total solar eclipse. Along the path of totality (total darkness) from Oregon to South Carolina, St Louis (and Webster Groves area) is one of the few locations that can experience the total eclipse. This once-in-a-lifetime event is hosted by the Department of Biological Sciences as they transition into the new state of the art Browning Hall, Interdisciplinary Science Building.

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Click here for a full update on what to expect and how to prepare. 
Click here for the University statement on viewing safety.


A live video stream of events and lectures from the East Academic Building will be available on this page the day of the event as well as live video streaming coverage of the eclipse from NASA

Eclipse Event Schedule & Agenda
Hosted by the Department of Biological Sciences

*Note: There is limited space and seating for events. We strongly suggest arriving early. Event registration is closed.

East Academic Building, Rooms 253/262

11:00am - Welcome
Tony Wallner, PhD, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences

11:10am - The Science Behind Total Darkness
Ravin Kodikara, PhD, Department of Biological Sciences

11:30am - A Wrinkle in (Biological) Time?
Nicole Miller-Struttmann, PhD, Department of Biological Sciences

11:50am - Wonder, Awe and Fear – how humans and their religions have responded when the Sun is Eclipsed
Christopher Parr, PhD, Department of Religious Studies

12:10pm - On photographing while nature holds her breath
Bill Barrett, MA, Department of Electronic & Photographic Media

Live video streaming of this program is also available in designated rooms at the East Academic Building, and at the following website:

East Academic Building, Edward Jones Commons

Victoria Brown-Kennerly, PhD, Department of Biological Sciences

  • Build a Shadow Tube: Make a variation of the classic ’shadow boxes’ for safely viewing the eclipse shadow.
  • Make a Sundial: See how ancient humans tracked the passage of time during the days.
  • Determine Earth-Sun Distance: Use scale models of Earth and Sun to visualize the distance between them.
  • Shadow Shifting: Trace your shadow in chalk before and after the totality that will occur at 1:17 p.m. CST. (Cement Courtyard near Garden Ave.)
  • Draw the Solar System: Help us draw a linear scaled model of the Earth, Moon, Sun, and Planets. (Sidewalk north of the EAB)

Browning Hall, Interdisciplinary Science Building

11:55am - Tour, limited availability, must sign up at check-in.
Please meet at the Edward Jones Commons

Rooftop of the Garden Ave. Parking Garage

12:30pm - Gather for Outdoor Viewing

1:00pm - Welcome by President Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble, Provost Julian Schuster, and College of Arts & Sciences Dean Tony Wallner

1:17pm - The Solar Eclipse in Totality