MSU Scientist To Observe Solar Eclipse

Jul 2, 2019

The director of Michigan State University’s Abrams Planetarium is in Chile today and will observe the total eclipse of the sun as its path crosses South America.

Shannon Schmoll is working on an unrelated project at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory. She describes the facility as being “one peak over” in the Andes Mountains from the SOAR telescope. MSU is a part-owner of SOAR.

Schmoll says the eclipse will be similar to the one we had in the U-S in 2017. “It’s going right over La Serena, Chile and over these observatories and into other parts of South America as well," Schmoll explains. "It’s perfectly clear right now. I don’t think we’re going to have any problems seeing this.”

At her location in Chile, Schmoll says the eclipse will be at totality at around 5 p.m.