On the morning of Saturday, October 14, 2023, an annular solar eclipse will be visible across the continental United States. The Moon’s shadow will cross the United States from Oregon to Texas, just clipping Idaho’s southwestern corner. To prepare for this once-in-a-lifetime event, Boise State Physics’ Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve STEM Network is asking for your support to get the word out to our community. This will be the first annular eclipse visible in our region since 2012 and the last annular eclipse visible from Idaho until 2046. For two hours, the Moon’s disk will cross the disk of the Sun, blotting part of it out for about four minutes during the height of the eclipse.
Boise State Physics’ Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve STEM Network will host an eclipse viewing party to gather with fellow friends and alumni of Boise State to see this once-in-a-lifetime event and learn more about the history and science behind solar eclipses.
Donations to our PonyUp campaign will support Boise State’s astronomy outreach program, including the purchase of eclipse shades and the First Friday Astronomy programs. **Solar eclipse glasses will be offered with a donation to the PonyUp campaign. Glasses ordered after Sept. 29, 2023, will only be available for pick up from Boise State’s campus.**