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Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

April 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm CDT

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Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

Monday, April 8, 2024

UWM Union Ballroom & Spaights Plaza (MAP)

1:00 – 3:00 PM

FREE and Open to the Public!

Don’t miss your chance to view the solar eclipse on April 8, 2024— it will be the last one visible in the U.S. until 2044! The Sun will reach 90% totality in Milwaukee on April 8. On that day, the Moon will block 90% of the Sun as the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth and the three align perfectly.

Stop by the UWM Union Ballroom and Spaights Plaza to enjoy free food, music, crafts, and of course viewing the solar eclipse (MAP). Students, employees, and members of the public are invited to stop by between classes or meetings, or make a whole day out of it. This is a rain or shine event! Peak visibility is at approximately 2:00 pm on April 8, 2024. 

  • Weather permitting, view the eclipse through eclipse glasses and telescopes outside. Special glasses will be available for safely viewing the solar eclipse.  
  • Enjoy free pizza, cookies, and beverages 
  • Watch a NASA live stream of the total eclipse  
  • Take a photo in our photo station or with Pounce 
  • Get your craft on: Decorate your eclipse glasses and make galaxy slime and shrinky-dink keychains with the Studio Arts & Crafts Center 
  • Learn how to cross stitch a space-themed pattern with the Women’s Resource Center 
  • Make a mindfulness jar with the Student Health and Wellness Center 
  • Get your face painted with Campus Activities Board

Those planning to travel out of town for the eclipse (or perhaps unable to join us on the day of the eclipse) can grab a free pair of eclipse glasses at the planetarium showPrepare for the Solar Eclipse” on Friday, April 5. Guided by Director Jean Creighton, this show dives into the basics of how eclipses work and what we learn from them 


Eclipse Safety

  • Never look directly at the sun during a solar eclipse without proper eye protection.
  • Use certified solar viewing glasses or solar filters to protect your eyes when observing the eclipse.
  • Do not use homemade filters or regular sunglasses, as they do not provide sufficient protection.
  • Supervise children and ensure they also use proper eye protection.
  • If using a telescope or binoculars, ensure they are fitted with solar filters specifically designed for safe solar viewing.
  • Do not attempt to view the eclipse through unfiltered camera lenses, smartphones, or other optical devices.
  • Avoid looking at the sun indirectly through reflective surfaces like water, mirrors, or shiny metal objects.
  • Take breaks from viewing the eclipse to rest your eyes and prevent eye strain.
  • If you experience discomfort or vision problems during or after viewing the eclipse, seek medical attention immediately.
  • Be cautious of wildlife behavior during eclipses, as some animals may become disoriented or behave unpredictably.
  • Plan your viewing location in advance, considering safety and accessibility. Avoid areas with potential hazards or obstacles.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and stay aware of any changes in lighting or temperature during the eclipse.
  • Follow local safety guidelines and recommendations provided by reputable sources such as astronomy organizations or government agencies.
  • Enjoy the eclipse safely and share the experience with others, but prioritize eye safety above all else.


April 8
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm CDT
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