Concordia University welcomes schools to eclipse event

Total Eclipse

Join the Concordia community for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse! Areas of Bulldog stadium and the field to the east will be open to the public, with a limited number of picnic tables available and plenty of space for visitors to set up their own lawn chairs and blankets. Solar eclipse updates and commentary from the Concordia science department will be audible throughout Bulldog Stadium.

No registration is necessary for the general public, and a limited number of solar eclipse viewing glasses will be available for purchase at the event.

School Group registration will be open April 30 - July 31; $100 per school

Registered school groups will have:

  • Controlled bus drop-off area south of Bulldog Stadium; 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Designated bus parking near Concordia for the duration of their stay
  • Reserved seating for school groups in Bulldog Stadium bleachers
  • Access to restrooms and water
  • Solar eclipse viewing glasses for every registered student/chaperone
  • Solar eclipse updates and commentary from the Concordia science department
  • Controlled bus pick-up area; loading begins at 1:15 p.m.



  • 11:00 a.m.
  • Concordia's daily chapel service is held in the stadium. The general public is welcome to attend.

Schools begin arriving

  • 11:30 a.m.
  • Audio commentary begins over the stadium speakers.
  • *Schools that wish to attend chapel—please contact for early arrival options

First Contact

  • 11:36 a.m.
  • Partial solar eclipse begins as the moon's disk first touches the edge of the sun. Solar glasses must be worn for this part of the eclipse.

Latest option for school arrival

  • 12:30 p.m.
  • During the partial eclipse, it will slowly get darker. Shadows will sharpen, the air will cool, the wind will pick up, and nocturnal insects may begin to sing.

Last few minutes before totality

  • 12:55 a.m.
  • The sky gets a deeper and deeper dark blue and you can actually see the sliver of unobstructed sun shrink(with solar glasses).

Second Contact

  • 1:01 p.m.
  • Total solar eclipse, duration 1 minute and 30 seconds. This is the only part of the eclipse that can be viewed with the naked eye. The sky goes from the deepest blue to blueish black. Stars and planets become visible, shadows disappear as the light dwindles to the strength of a full moon, and the sun's corona becomes visible around the edges of the moon's disk.

Third Contact

  • 1:03 p.m.
  • Totality ends and a sliver of sun reappears. Solar glasses must be worn to view the sun in this part of the eclipse.

Earliest option for bus loading

  • 1:40 p.m.
  • Feel free to stay and watch more of the partial eclipse (with glasses) as the sun in uncovered.

Concordia classes resume

  • 1:40 p.m.
  • The next two classes are suspended for the eclipse.

Fourth Contact

  • 2:30 p.m.
  • The moon's disk passes completely out of the sun's path and the eclipse ends.
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