The moon will move between the Earth and the sun on Aug. 21, creating a solar eclipse in the middle of the first day of the fall semester. The maximum eclipse in Ames will be just after 1 p.m., with roughly 94 percent of the sun blocked. Don't risk eye damage by looking at the eclipse without certified glasses. Here's a NASA website about the eclipse and an interactive map tracking the eclipse across the country.
“If you've never experienced a total eclipse, you must go to see totality. And, if you have seen a total eclipse, you surely must want to see another one and so must go see totality. Staying in Ames to witness just a 95 percent event is the equivalent of reading an online recipe for Kraft macaroni and cheese - compared with a totality experience that is more like a three-course dinner cooked for you, personally, by Gordon Ramsay.”
Steve Kawaler, professor of physics and astronomy