Solar eclipse information for Butler Tech students

Teacher and students set up solar telescope

Tom Newman, Information Technology instructor, and his students test monitoring equipment in advance of the Aug. 21, 2017 solar eclipse.

On Monday, Aug. 21, the talk of the town will most certainly be the solar eclipse. It’s the first time since 1979 that an eclipse will reach “totality” in North America. In other words, the moon will completely block the sun. Butler County is not in the path of totality – you’d have to drive to Kentucky to experience that – but the sun will be about 91% blocked in our area.

The eclipse will begin at 1:01 p.m. and reach its peak at 2:29 p.m. For Butler Tech students, that means the eclipse will happen during our dismissal time.

During dismissal, DO NOT LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN, especially when it is partially blocked. Even though most of the sunlight is blocked, ultraviolet radiation can still damage the retinas of your eyes. That can lead to permanent vision loss.

Sunglasses will not provide adequate protection for your eyes to look at the eclipse. It’s also not safe to look at the eclipse through a camera lens. In fact, experts say the same rays that can damage your vision can also damage your cell phone and camera sensors.

For more information about the eclipse and viewing safety, NASA has a great website with many resources. You can visit it at

Celebrate the eclipse by protecting your vision! You’ll get to experience another eclipse on April 8, 2024.