Where to view Monday’s solar eclipse, get free glasses on Duke’s campus

On Monday, Durham residents will be able to view a partial solar eclipse beginning at 1:58 p.m. and peaking at 3:15 p.m.

Some students and faculty have made plans to view the eclipse, which won’t happen again until August 2026. Monday’s eclipse will be more complete than multiple eclipses viewable from Durham that are set to follow in the coming years.

“Never look directly at the Sun. You can seriously hurt your eyes, and even go blind. Proper eye protection, like eclipse glasses or a special solar filter, is the only safe option. Sunglasses don’t work,” read an event posting on the Pratt School of Engineering website.

First-year Paul Hletko emailed his Latin instructor, Rex Crews, lecturing fellow in the department of classical studies, asking if they could hold their 3:05 p.m. class outdoors.

According to Hletko, his instructor responded that he’d gladly move his course outside if students were willing. Consequently, the LATIN 320S “Ovid” course will read "The Metamorphoses" beneath the spectacle of the eclipse. 

Other students have indicated that their professors plan to let students step outside to view the eclipse.

Stargazing Devils Astronomy Club is holding a solar eclipse watch party on Bryan Center plaza from 2 to 4 p.m. The club plans to offer free eclipse glasses for viewing.

“As we gear up to witness an awe-inspiring spectacle within our very own solar system, I hope it serves as a reminder of our position in the vast universe and the boundless possibilities that extend beyond our imagination,” wrote junior Dennis Wu, president of Stargazing Devils. “We promise you that this unique experience will be a marvel that will last a lifetime.”

The Duke Innovation Co-Lab, located next to the Wilkinson Building, is also offering free eclipse glasses to Duke students who gather outside the Co-Lab to view the peak of the eclipse at 3:15 p.m.

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