Bitterroot College UM to Hold ‘Great Eclipse Caper’ Event Aug. 21

August 04, 2017

HAMILTON – As Hamilton experiences 95 percent totality during the Monday, Aug. 21, solar eclipse, the public can view it during the “Great Eclipse Caper” at Bitterroot College of the University of Montana.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the front lawn of Bitterroot College, located at 103 S. Ninth St. in Hamilton, with the eclipse peak occurring at 11:31 a.m.

Thomas Engelmann, who holds a doctorate in physics from Carnegie Mellon University, will serve as the on-site expert to answer questions and provide several brief info sessions during the morning of the event.  

During the event, Bitterroot College will have multiple telescopes on the front lawn for observing the eclipse, as well as eclipse glasses and other eclipse-viewing paraphernalia. Information handouts will explain the eclipse and eclipse safety, and eclipse activities for young and old alike will be led by Bitterroot College faculty. Eclipse-themed food, beverages and music will add to the merriment.

The eclipse also will be livestreamed on the Bitterroot College Facebook page from one of the telescopes during the event at

Bitterroot College UM is one of two official NASA Eclipse Viewing locations in Montana, and the only one sponsored by a unit of the Montana University System.

The event is free and all are welcome, although registration via the Bitterroot College website is encouraged to reserve enough eclipse glasses for everyone.

For more information on the event, call Victoria Clark, Bitterroot College director, at 406-375-0100. To register visit


Contact: Victoria Clark, director, Bitterroot College UM, 406-375-0100,