- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Student Observatory will be open to the public on Thursday to provide safe, enlarged views of the partial solar eclipse.

The viewing period will run from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Faculty and staff from the UNL Department of Physics and Astronomy will be on hand with several eye-safe solar telescopes and protective solar glasses. They will be able to answer questions about eclipses and astronomy.

The direct rays of the sun can damage eyesight. Proper viewing glasses, a pinhole projection system or other equipment designed for the purpose are necessary for safe viewing.

The observatory is on the top level of UNL’s Stadium Drive parking garage, on T Street between 10th Street and Stadium Drive. Go online to http://bit.ly/1rpctYp for more information about the observatory.

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