COA to host solar eclipse party

By on March 23, 2024

Experience the Partial Solar Eclipse at College of The Albemarle

College of The Albemarle (COA) is excited to announce our participation in the 2024 North Carolina Statewide Star Party through the North Carolina Science Festival, supported by the North Carolina Space Grant. This exciting event invites the community to join us for a partial solar eclipse viewing on Monday, April 8, 2024, from 2:00 to 4:30 PM, with optimal viewing from 3:00 to 3:30 PM. This event is hosted at each of our four campuses.

Open to the public, the event offers a unique opportunity to participate in various eclipse-related activities. Free solar eclipse-safe glasses will be available (while supplies last), ensuring everyone’s safety as they observe the partial solar eclipse, where the Moon will cover about 70-85% of the Sun at its peak. In addition to wearing eclipse-safe glasses, a signed waiver will be required to view the eclipse on COA campuses.

Designated Viewing Areas
  • COA – Elizabeth City: Green space between Building C and Dolphins Den
  • COA – Currituck: Green space beside the Regional Aviation Training Center
  • COA – Edenton-Chowan: Front lawn area beside Building B & C
  • COA – Dare: Amphitheatre Area
Safety and Participation Guidelines
  • Eclipse Glasses: Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses are not suitable for viewing the eclipse. COA will provide approved eclipse glasses for safe observation.
  • Equipment: Direct viewing of the eclipse through unfiltered cameras, telescopes, binoculars, or other optical devices without proper eclipse glasses is strictly prohibited.
  • Waiver Requirement: All attendees for the eclipse activities at COA, aged 18 and above, must sign a waiver; those under 18 require a parent or guardian’s signature. This ensures everyone’s safety and compliance with viewing standards.
  • Waiver Link:

Join us at College of The Albemarle for this educational experience as we observe the partial solar eclipse together.

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