USD physics department to host solar eclipse viewing party

VERMILLION, S.D. (KSFY) - The University of South Dakota Department of Physics will host a solar eclipse viewing party next week.

The event will be held on Aug. 21 from 12:40 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

It will include telescope viewing and interaction with physics faculty and graduate students on the lawn on the east side of the Akeley-Lawrence Science Center.

Sky-watchers in Vermillion will see approximately 95 percent of the sun blocked at the eclipse’s peak, according to Joel Sander, assistant professor of physics.