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Student Org To Host Solar Eclipse Viewing

Aug. 14, 2017
SHSU Media Contact: Tyler Pointer

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The design that will appear on T-shirts that the Society of Physics Students will be selling at their event.

Be a part of history and join Sam Houston State University’s Society of Physics Students as they host a viewing for the upcoming Great American Total Solar Eclipse on Aug. 21 from noon to 1:30 p.m at the SHSU Observatory.

Students, faculty, staff and the community is invited as the club will be handing out free viewing shades to attendees as well as selling T-shirts at the site.

SPS co-president Andre Guimaraes believes seeing an event like this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.Flyer Eclipse

“It is the first total eclipse to happen in America in over 40 years,” Guimaraes said. “No other country in the world will be seeing it. Here in Huntsville, we won’t see a total solar eclipse, only 70 percent. Even that is more than most people will see in their lifetime.”

Guimaraes hopes that hosting this event will lead to a great semester for SPS.

“Society of Physics Students is a national organization,” Guimaraes said. “SHSU previously had a SPS chapter that disbanded in 2011. However, with the help of Dr. Wilson, we were able to reorganize last year. We are an organization for anyone who loves physics and sciences and enjoy hosting events in relation.”

No RSVP is required, but SPS does ask to call ahead at 936.333.2711 if interested in buying a T-shirt so that they have a size ready.

The Observatory is located at 26 Knox Circle, northeast of Huntsville, TX off of Highway 19. For directions or more information, visit the observatory and planetarium website.

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