2017 Solar Eclipse Events

Aug. 18: Lecture

Astronomer and author Ray Jayawardhana will deliver a science lecture entitled "A Spectacle Like No Other: The Science and Adventure of Chasing Solar Eclipses" on campus Friday evening in Hudson Hall. A Q&A session will follow his talk and Professor Jayawardhana's book will be on sale before and after the event. Check back in late July for more information.

Aug. 19: Pub Talk

Cosmologist and Willamette professor Rick Watkins will present a pub talk, "From the Eclipse to the Big Bang," at Shotski's Woodfired Pizza at 8 p.m. No background knowledge is necessary, and a Q&A follows the presentation. 

Aug. 21: Solar Eclipse

Join Willamette friends, family and the world’s largest gathering of solar scientists to watch the total solar eclipse from the university’s North Lawn. Bring a beach chair or blanket for the viewing, which is free and open to the public. 

Scientists from the Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society will perform demonstrations and answer questions from campus eclipse-watchers while researchers perform experiments and observations from Ford Hall’s second floor patio. 

Willamette MBA will provide university community members with special glasses for viewing the eclipse. Though we anticipate having extra eclipse safety glasses on hand, we advise visitors to bring appropriate eye protection for directly viewing the eclipse. Those without glasses will be able to see the eclipse using one of the pinhole projectors or telescopes visitors will set up for the event.

Offices will close for the eclipse. With supervisors' permission, employees are encouraged to join the viewing on the North Lawn until regular university operations begin at noon. 

The university community will start gathering on the lawn about 8 a.m., and the eclipse will begin just after 9 a.m. The totality begins at 10:17 a.m. and will last almost two minutes. 

North lawn and Eaton Hall

Driving and Parking

On-campus parking will be limited to university community members and guests with parking permits. Especially if the weather shifts on the morning of the eclipse, expect major traffic congestion and adjust travel plans accordingly.

Overnight Stays

Overnight accommodations are not available, and camping is prohibited on campus.