Eclipse Day Photos

On Monday, August 21, 2017, we had the pleasure of hosting more than 300 of you at Norwich University for eclipse activities that included safe viewing through specially outfitted telescopes, certified solar glasses, projection, and live streaming. Children discovered the wonder of projecting the eclipse through pinhole viewers, and kids of all ages stared in awe at the crescent shapes that formed on the ground through holes in the leaves of the trees.

Below are some photos to mark the day. You can look at the full gallery here.

Pallone briefing spectators on eclipse-viewing safety, August 2017 solar eclipse, Norwich campus.

Physics professor Art Pallone briefing spectators on eclipse-viewing safety, August 2017 solar eclipse, Norwich campus.

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ECLIPSE COUNTDOWN: Safe-Viewing Glasses and Other Things to Think About

We’re looking forward to you joining us at Norwich University on Monday, August 21, for activities that allow you to safely view the partial solar eclipse. (See Eclipse Watch at Norwich University for details.) Judging from the response, we anticipate a high turnout. Several faculty, staff, and cadets will be on-hand to help make the experience as enjoyable for you as possible.

As we count down to the Great American Eclipse, here are a few things to think about:


American Paper Optics certified eclipse glasses rated at ISO 12312-2. Scroll down for important information about fake eclipse glasses.

A number of you have asked about eclipse glasses. We have a collection of eclipse glasses rated at ISO 12312-2, purchased directly from the manufacturer, American Paper Optics (APO). They have been tested and certified. We are happy to make them available for use on site. Some guidelines about the glasses:

• Eclipse viewing with the glasses at Weintz Courtyard (Location 1) will be done in groups under the guidance of a professor.
• Because we have a limited supply, we regret that we won’t be able to give the glasses away. All glasses will be collected following viewing cycles.
• Eclipse glasses are meant for no more than three minutes of continuous viewing. For safety, we will time each group at two minutes per cycle.
The glasses are delicate. Please handle them carefully so they remain in good condition for use by others.
• Feel free to get in line multiple times throughout the afternoon to view the eclipse with the glasses at its various stages.
• The glasses will give you a specific view of the eclipse. Please plan to partake of the other activities that will help you see the eclipse in different ways.

Caution: If you have your own glasses, make sure they’re not fakes. There have been reports of faulty glasses sold on Amazon; imitators have sold glasses that closely resemble those produced by APO. Visit the manufacturer’s web page on eye safety to see a side-by-side comparison between the certified glasses and the fakes. The professors are happy to evaluate your glasses, but if they have any doubt, they will advise you to use the glasses provided at the event.


• Allow time for parking, and look for “event parking” signs placed near the event location.
• If you’re planning to be outdoors for the duration of the event (1:20 to 4 p.m.) please consider applying sunscreen.

Norwich 2017 Eclipse Viewing Locations

Norwich 2017 Eclipse Viewing Locations


Don’t take a chance! Permanent eye damage can result from looking at the Sun without proper eye protection, even for a fraction of a second. If you can’t make it to our event or another one guided by experts, consider watching the total eclipse online. We recommend these sources:

NASA website
High-altitude balloon view.

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Monday, August 21
1:20–4 p.m.

On August 21, a partial solar eclipse will be visible in Vermont in a celestial spectacle you don’t want to miss. But remember it is DANGEROUS to look directly at the Sun, even during a partial eclipse. Norwich faculty and staff have organized activities to help you SAFELY watch the Moon take a bite out of the Sun.

Michael Zeiler/

Michael Zeiler/

Activities take place at the following locations:

• Norwich physics professors Art Pallone, Tabetha Hole, and Elisabeth Atems will help you view the eclipse with special equipment and certified eclipse viewing glasses.
• Math professor Cathy Frey will give visual eclipse demonstrations.


• Relax in Cabot 085 from 2-4 p.m. for live streaming of the total eclipse.

763 SOUTH MAIN STREET (enter through garage)

• Norwich University Chaplain “Rev” Wick—a board member of the Vermont Astronomical Society—invites you to his observatory to safely view the event through his specially outfitted telescope and with eclipse glasses.

(When crossing Main Street, use the crosswalk. Be safe!)

Norwich 2017 Eclipse Viewing Locations

Norwich 2017 Eclipse Viewing Locations

Have Your Own Glasses?
If you purchased eclipse glasses and want to make sure they’re certified for Sun viewing, bring them along for the professors to check out.


Art Pallone
Chair, Department of Physics
Norwich University (best, especially on weekends)
(802) 485-2317 office

Jacque Day Pallone
Norwich University Office of Communications
(802) 485-3329 office
(802) 661-4012 mobile (best, especially on weekends; can receive texts)

Please RSVP by filling out the comment below. Include the number in your party, at which location you anticipate beginning, and whether you have eclipse glasses that you’d like us to inspect. RSVP is not necessary; we’d just like an idea of anticipated attendance to help with planning. Thank you!

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Experience the (partial) solar eclipse at Norwich

On Monday, August 21, a total eclipse of the Sun, dubbed as the Great American Total Solar Eclipse, will cause a large swath of the U.S. to fall into total daytime darkness. But even though Vermont is not in the path of totality, you can still view and experience the phenomenon, as a partial solar eclipse in Vermont, with proper protection for your eyes.

On eclipse day, members of the Norwich physics faculty will host an on-campus viewing event that will include showing you how to safely view the solar eclipse. Check back soon for a schedule of activities and other details.

In the meantime, learn more about Great American Total Solar Eclipse. See below for an eclipse map.

Map by Michael Zeiler,

Map by Michael Zeiler,

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ASTRONOMY DAY UPDATE: Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the Norwich Crescent

According to AccuWeather, the skies are going to be more clear today than on Sunday (our proposed backup/rain date). So we’re sticking with the original plan and holding the National Astronomy Day activities today, Saturday, April 29—on Astronomy Day!

3-5 PM Daytime Activities

8-10 PM Evening Activities

Gazebo at the Norwich Crescent

We have some fun activities planned for the daytime portion of National Astronomy Day, including using a cereal box to make a pinhole “viewer” that allows you to safely look at the sun. (Important: NEVER look directly at the Sun, and NEVER attempt to look at the Sun through a telescope or binoculars without a proper solar filter. Serious eye injury could result.)

Cereal Box Pinhole Camera

Have Cereal Box, Will Travel

One of today’s activities entails transforming a cereal box into a pinhole “camera” that allows you to safely view the Sun. We’ll have some boxes on-hand for making and demonstrating the pinhole device, and if you’d like to make one of your own, please bring an empty cereal box if you can. Other boxes that work are shoe boxes, Pringles cans, and Oatmeal tubes. We’ll have the rest of the supplies on site, and will also have extra copies of these instructions for you to take home.

Evening Activities
As a preview to the evening activities (8-10 PM on the Norwich Crescent), remember that if you have a telescope and would like to learn how to use it or improve upon your knowledge, bring it along!

I’ll be out and about most of the day with little access to email, so if you have a question, the best way to reach me is to call or text my cell, below. Looking forward to seeing you on the Norwich Crescent.

Art Pallone
Physics Professor
802-485-2317 weekday
802-382-0481 mobile/weekend

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Astronomy Day Activities on the Norwich Campus: April 29, 2017

Has anyone ever promised you the Moon and the stars? We deliver them—weather permitting, of course!

Come to the gazebo on the Norwich Crescent this Saturday April 29 for National Astronomy Day activities. Norwich physics faculty will be on hand to help you:

– Learn safe ways to view the Sun
– Create pinhole projectors *
– Look at the Moon through binoculars and telescopes
– Test your eyesight with the stars
– View a storm older than any person alive and so big it could swallow the Earth!
– See a binary star system and explain what it is

Albireo: binary star (Photo:

Albireo: binary star

3 PM to 5 PM

(There will be a break from 5-8 PM for dinner.)

8 PM to 10 PM

Gazebo on the Norwich Crescent

We can try to predict the weather, but Mother Nature sure doesn’t answer to us. If it’s raining or the sky is too overcast to see anything on Saturday, we’ll move the activities to Sunday, April 30,* same times and locations. (If we do move it to Sunday, we’ll post an update here.)

* Sunday also happens to be Worldwide Pinhole Camera Day. In that spirit, the faculty have built in some pinhole-camera activities that will be fun to do on either day.

Bring it along. We can help you with that, too!

All are welcome, including members of the greater community. Come one, come all!

Art Pallone
Physics Professor
802-485-2317 weekday
802-382-0481 mobile/weekend

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American Physical Society March 2013 Meeting

Art Pallone, APS 2013 presentation, March 2013

Dr. Arthur Pallone gives a presentation at the annual meeting of the American Physical Society, March 2013.

In March 2013, Norwich University senior Patrick Barnes and I attended the annual meeting of the American Physical Society in Baltimore. A few months later, Patrick received a commission from the U.S. Navy. Soon, Patrick’s poster demonstrating webcam detection of ionizing radiation will be on display in the halls of the Norwich physics department. In the meantime, here is a snapshot from one of my presentations.

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