Eclipse Safety Video

What are best ways to safely watch a solar eclipse?

James Sowell is an astronomer, senior academic professional in the School of Physics, and the director of the Georgia Tech Observatory. In this video, Sowell describes the safest ways to view the Aug. 21, 2017, solar eclipse on campus, including instructions for building your own pinhole camera.

Solar-eclipse glasses will be distributed on campus at noon on Aug. 21. 

Georgia Tech Eclipse Events

When students arrive at Georgia Tech for the first day of fall classes on Aug. 21, 2017, a special treat awaits them: a mid-afternoon solar eclipse. Given good weather, special eclipse-related events planned for the Tech community will be held by Kessler Campanile, including livestreaming from the Georgia Tech Observatory and hands-on activities. 

How to Watch the Solar Eclipse at Georgia Tech

The skies over Georgia Tech will be at 97 darkness totality during the Aug. 21, 2017, solar eclipse. Watching the spectacle will require special eclipse-viewing glasses.

Searching for Science in the Solar Darkness

Theory of General Relativity Illustrated

For hundreds of years, scientists and historians have used solar eclipses to learn more about the nature of the sun and how it affects Earth. That will continue on Aug. 21, 2017, with Georgia Tech researchers joining the search for answers as the path of a total solar eclipse stretches across the U.S. 

Solar Eclipse Links

Here are other websites offering eclipse-related resources, including live video feeds of the Aug. 21, 2017, total solar eclipse.


American Astronomical Society

Great American



About the 2017 American Eclipse

What happens during a total solar eclipse?

James Sowell, an astronomer, senior academic professional in the School of Physics, and director of the Georgia Tech Observatory, takes a look at changes that will take place on Earth, such as the effect on animals and the outside temperature.

The Atlanta area isn’t on the path of totality, but those on Georgia Tech’s campus will experience 97 percent blockage of sunlight. 

Come to Kessler Campanile to join others in observing the environmental changes during the eclipse.  

Eclipses as Special Effects in Storytelling

Eclipses have inspired artists over the years. Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts Professor Lisa Yaszek gives her take on famous uses of solar eclipses in popular culture.

The Eclipse: Courtship of the Sun and Moon

The Eclipse: Courtship of Sun and Moon, a 1907 silent film from French filmmaker Georges Méliès, is one of the first screen depictions of a solar eclipse. 

The film brings not-so-subtle sensuality to the celestial event. “A scientist is watching the eclipse, and sees it through his own mind as a courtship ritual or mating dance,” says Lisa Yaszek, a professor in the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. “He is so shocked by his own thoughts that he falls out of a window and into a bucket of water.”

Welcome from the Dean

Dean Paul Goldbart

College of Sciences Dean and Sutherland Chair Paul M. Goldbart will welcome students to Georgia Tech in a special video on the auspicious first day of class of the 2017 Fall Semester, Aug. 21.