The Virginia Tech Alumni Association presents a Solar Eclipse Watch Party on Monday, August 21, 2017 from 12:30 to 3:30 pm on the Holtzman Alumni Center Lawn.

The watch party is free and open to the public. The Alumni Association will provide eclipse safety glasses to safely watch the memorable event. Pizza will be served and attendees are also encouraged to bring lunch.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and Earth, blocking the sun. On August 21st, everyone in North America will see the eclipse, and parts of South America, Africa, and Europe will see the eclipse or a partial eclipse.

In Blacksburg, the skies will darken (though it won't be pitch black) as about 90 percent of the sun is covered.

It is unsafe to look directly at the sun. Eclipse glasses with special-purpose solar filters allow viewers to gaze at an uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun safely.

The last total solar eclipse in contiguous United States was in 1979, and the next opportunity to see a total solar eclipse in the United States will be in 2024.

Information provided by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association