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Solar Eclipse Program

Free Public Events

Sunday Educational Fun for All!

Come to UNG’s Dahlonega Campus on Sunday August 20 from 1 to 5 p.m. to learn about the 2017 Great American Solar Eclipse. 

UNG will host an afternoon with fun educational events free to the public. These events are a wonderful opportunity for you and your family to learn about the Sun and astronomy, as well as prepare for the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse (occurring the next day on August 21).

Telescope Solar Viewing

Solar viewing will be on the front lawn of the Health and Natural Sciences Building from 1 to 5 p.m., weather permitting

Planetarium Shows

Shows will be held in the Coleman Planetarium which is located in the Health and Natural Science Building room 234

The Incredible Sun (TIS)

  • 1:00
  • 1:15
  • 1:30
  • 1:45
  • 2:00
  • 2:15
  • 3:00
  • 3:15
  • 3:30
  • 3:45
  • 4:00
  • 4:15

Solar Superstorms

  • 2:30
  • 4:30
Activity Room-Build a Solar Viewer and more!

These activities will take place in the Health and Natural Science Building room 149 (1st floor, off of the Lobby) from 1 to 5 p.m.

Special Instructions
Please bring an empty cereal box to build a solar eclipse viewer and/or a paper towel roll to build a spectrograph.

Talks and Q&A Panel by UNG Professors

Talks will be held in the Health and Natural Sciences Auditorium room 232 (next to the Planetarium).

1:00 - Eclipse Geometry: How do we get an eclipse? L. Simanton-Coogan
1:20 - Solar Myths: A storytelling experience D. Governor
2:00 - The Historic Eclipse of 1919 L. Simanton-Coogan
2:40 - Eclipse Viewing: How to prepare G. Feiden
3:00 - Solar Physics: How the sun shines and how we are made of stardust J.B. Sharma
3:40 - Solar Myths: A storytelling experience  D. Governor
4:20 - Eclipse Geometry: How do we get an eclipse?  L. Simanton-Coogan
4:40 - Ask an Astronomer: Q&A Panel G. Feiden & L. Simanton-Coogan

Join us to:

  • Experience intense, close-up images of the Sun on our Digistar 5 full-dome planetarium projection system.
  • Learn how to safely view the Great American Solar Eclipse.
  • Hear lectures from UNG professors on how eclipses relate to history, culture, and modern-day science.
  • View the Sun safely through telescopes (weather permitting).


On Sunday, August 20, all student, visitor, and faculty and staff parking will be open to the public. There are lots behind the Health and Natural Sciences Building. If those are full, try L30, L29, L05, or the Church St. Parking Deck. Parking Map

Teacher Education Workshop

Teacher Education Workshop

Sign up for a workshop to learn about the Great American Solar Eclipse occurring this year on August 21.

The solar eclipse is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn about eclipses, the Sun, and astronomy! Learn all about astronomy concepts, eclipse safety, and more that you can share with students in your classrooms.

UNG will hold a workshop for K-12 teachers.

This workshop will include a planetarium show to experience imagery on our full-dome digital projection system and gain insights into the motions of our Earth and Moon in the solar system, as well as activities on teaching astronomy and eclipse safety in the classroom.

Note that the May 13 workshop has been canceled.  Please sign up for the August 12 workshop if you would like to attend!


Saturday, August 12, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.


UNG Dahlonega Campus
Coleman Planetarium

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