Hummel Planetarium to Host Free Viewing Party on Eclipse Day!


WBON TV went to the Hummel Planetarium on EKU’s campus today to talk all things 2017 Solar Eclipse with Planetarium Educator Aida Bermudez.

Bermudez explained how this truly is a once in a lifetime astronomical event, as the last similar solar occurrence happened in 1918, nearly a century ago. She also described the importance of the solarized eclipse glasses, and warned that sunglasses will not be enough as Richmond is not in the path of totality.

The free viewing party is open to the public on the day of the solar eclipse, Monday, August 21st at the Hummel viewing deck. The events begin at 1 when the eclipse begins and will continue through 4 pm. The polarized eclipse glasses will be provided at the viewing party.

Bermudez also mentioned the annual Perseid meteor showers, which will peak on the 12th and 13th of August. However, because of the recent full moon and other factors, she says that you have to be patient if you wish to witness the thousands of meteors in the night skies.