Solar Eclipse on Monday, 8/21/2017

The district will be having a Solar Eclipse 2017 event at each school site on Monday, 8/21/2017 around 1 p.m.

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 returns to normal by 2:36 p.m.

Even though 92% of the sun will be obscured at the local maximum, our eyes may not perceive the dimming of our surroundings. 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.
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.

Each site principal will determine the most appropriate method and timing for students and staff at their site to safely observe the event. No doubt the events will be clustered around the 1:08 p.m. maximum whenever feasible.

Eclipse glasses
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 16, 2017, 2:04 PM
Granger Meador,
Aug 16, 2017, 2:03 PM