Eclipse Safety

Filed under Administrative, Information Tech on August 21, 2017.

The Gainesville, Florida area will experience a partial solar eclipse Monday, August 21, 2017 on opening day of classes for fall semester.  While Gainesville will not be experiencing a total eclipse, there will be a period of several hours of lower than usual light.  The eclipse will begin at approximately 1:15 p.m., peak at 2:47 p.m. and finish at 4:12 p.m.

UF’s Public and Environmental Safety offers several precautions to students, faculty and staff during the period of solar eclipse:

  • Avoid looking directly at the sun.
  • Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device.
  • Guidance for viewing glasses indicate the need for ISO certification.  Regular sunglasses should not be used for viewing the eclipse.
  • Comprehensive solar eclipse safety information is available at this NASA government site:

In addition to the eye safety recommendations students, faculty and staff should:

  • Exercise special care when walking outside in the lower light conditions, especially when crossing streets and parking lots.
  • Avoid walking through wooded and natural areas during low light conditions.
  • Consider using headlights when operating a motor vehicle.