LTU to offer March 28 program on April 8 solar eclipse, public viewing on Eclipse Day

SOUTHFIELD—The Great American Eclipse of 2024 will take place Monday, April 8.

And members of the public, along with the Lawrence Technological University community, can learn more about the eclipse in a free program at LTU on Thursday, March 28.

“Eclipse 2024—And Before And After” begins at 7 p.m. March 28 in the Marburger Auditorium, Room S100 in LTU’s Science Building (Building 7 at www.ltu.edu/map). Ample free parking is available nearby in Parking Lots D and E.

Here’s how the April 8 eclipse will appear in the sky over the Lawrence Tech quadrangle. LTU graphic.

The presenter is Scott Schneider, associate professor of physics at LTU. Schneider is well-known on the LTU campus for his astronomy efforts, frequently setting up telescopes on the LTU quadrangle during various celestial events.

The March 28 event will also be livestreamed on LTU’s YouTube channel.

Schneider said Southfield won’t quite get a total eclipse of the sun, as the moon passes between the sun and the earth. “We’ll be at 98, 99 percent totality,” Schneider said. “There will still be a crescent of the sun that peeks out. We’re not sure just how dark that will make things get.”

And on the afternoon of April 8, Schneider and fellow physics professors Bhubanjyoti Bhattacharya, George Moschelli, Valentina Tobos and Changgong Zhou, as well as LTU physics students, will set up four large telescopes for public eclipse viewing. They’ll also provide several  pinhole camera devices that will provide a fine projected view of the moon creeping across the face of the sun.

The eclipse will run from approximately 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., with the peak sun coverage at 3:14.

And just in case it’s cloudy—hey, it is April in Michigan—Schneider said there will be a video feed of live shots of the eclipse from clear-sky locations in S100.

So enjoy the eclipse, while you can. After all, tidal forces are pushing the moon away from  Earth by 1.5 inches a year—so in a few hundred million years, the moon will be so much smaller in the sky that we won’t get total eclipses at all.

Lawrence Technological University is one of only 13 private, technological, comprehensive doctoral universities in the United States. Located in Southfield, Mich., LTU was founded in 1932 and offers more than 100 programs through its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, Engineering, and Health Sciences, as well as Specs@LTU as part of its growing Center for Professional Development. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 11 percent of universities for alumni salaries. Forbes and The Wall Street Journal rank LTU among the nation’s top 10 percent. U.S. News and World Report list it in the top tier of the best Midwest colleges. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.

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