Safety glasses acquired for solar eclipse event on Monday, 8/21/2017

posted Aug 2, 2017, 7:20 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Aug 19, 2017, 7:18 AM ]
Thanks to the generosity of community donors, the district will be able to conduct Solar Eclipse 2017 events at each school site on Monday, 8/21/2017 around 1 p.m. The Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation has spearheaded a drive that is providing 7,000 pairs of eclipse glasses so that all students and staff at the district's ten school sites can safely observe the maximum coverage. The district hopes patrons and staff will express their appreciation to the various donors listed in this post.

Eclipse glasses

The moon will begin to obstruct the sun above Bartlesville around 11:39 that morning, reaching a maximum at 1:08 p.m. when 92% of the sun's disc will be obscured. All will return to normal by 2:36 p.m.

Even though 92% of the sun will be obscured at the local maximum, it is said that our eyes may not directly perceive the dimming of our surroundings, unlike within the path of totality north of Kansas City. However, the loss of solar radiation will make it noticeably cooler, and only a sliver of the sun will show when safely viewed through approved eclipse glasses.
Site principals will determine the most appropriate method and timing for students and staff at their site to safely observe the event. For example, Bartlesville High School Principal LaDonna Chancellor has indicated that site plans to combine its eclipse event with state-mandated safety evacuation drills. No doubt the events at each school site will be clustered around the 1:08 p.m. maximum whenever feasible.

Ken Willcox, 1943-1999
Granger Meador, former district science dept. chair, proposed this project to the BPS Foundation in memory of Ken Willcox, a local astronomer who loved eclipses and travelled around the world to view them. Willcox was instrumental in helping district schoolchildren safely view an annular eclipse in 1994.

The Eclipser glasses provided are ISO 12312-2 certified and manufactured by American Paper Optics, LLC, a manufacturer vetted by the American Astronomical Society.

As is true at ANY time, one should NEVER directly look into the sun. Attached to this post and linked below are OPT-OUT forms a parent may download, sign, and return to the school if they do NOT wish their child to participate. No form need be submitted for a child to particpate, only to NOT participate.


  • NEVER look into the sun, even during the eclipse maximum in Bartlesville, without special-purpose solar filters. The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as the eclipse glasses. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun. Many arc welding glasses are NOT dark enough; they must have #14 glass to be used.
  • Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched or damaged, discard it and get a new one.
  • Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. After glancing at the sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the sun.
  • Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device. Similarly, do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury. Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device.

Bartlesville eclipse


Granger Meador,
Aug 19, 2017, 7:19 AM
Granger Meador,
Aug 19, 2017, 7:19 AM