Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 10:42am

'Save the date' and we'll revisit with more details soon but Sanford Stadium will be open to the public for the viewing of the total solar eclipse on August 21. The stadium will be open from 1-4 p.m. ET for the viewing. Peak darkness will occur at 2:38 p.m.

The first 5,000 in attendance at Sanford Stadium will receive free custom Georgia viewing glasses to watch the eclipse. Views from around the world of the solar eclipse will be featured on the stadium’s video board.

The University of Georgia’s geography, atmospheric sciences, physics and astronomy, and education faculty also have planned “learning activities” and “special guests” for the event.

The August 21 solar eclipse will begin its path of totality – a 70-mile wide area in which the sun will be completely blocked from viewing by the moon – on United States soil in Salem, Oregon before heading diagonally across the country where it will end its viewing from land in Charleston, South Carolina. From start to finish, the eclipse will begin in the Pacific Ocean and end in the Atlantic Ocean.

Great stuff - science plus the largest stadium in the state equals an experience to remember. Kudos to professor John Knox and colleagues in the atmospheric sciences program and the department of geography for spearheading this wonderful opportunity for campus.