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UTPB Solar Eclipse + STEAMfest

October 14, 2023 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm CDT

UTPB to host solar eclipse watch party with NASA and Gordon Center, STEAMfest to follow

The University of Texas Permian Basin is set to host an all-day event for the community to celebrate the solar eclipse.  

9:30 am: Meet us at the UTPB Quad (center of campus) and the Mesa Deck (at the Mesa Building) for the best seat in the nation to watch the solar eclipse! Scientists from UTPB, NASA, and the Gordon Center will launch scientific balloons into the sky, and you’ll be there for it all.

10:18am- 1:20 pm: View the eclipse at UTPB, we’ll provide the safety glasses!

2:00pm-5:00pm: STEAMFest- There will be interactive science and art activities for all ages!

A few things to know about the event:

  • Free parking available in front of the Mesa Building
  • Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to set-up on the Quad
  • Food available to purchase at the Starbucks in the Library and the Mesa Market (2nd floor of Mesa Building, accessible from the Mesa Deck.


UT Permian Basin will be hosting 3 NASA research affiliated groups.

Each group will have faculty and students (high school, undergraduate, graduate).

  • UTPB will be hosting the SunSketcher group from Western Kentucky University. They will be testing their phone app in preparation for the April 2024 eclipse. The eclipse is a unique opportunity to measure the shape of the sun. Volunteers are needed for this citizen science testing; 18+ years old & Android phone required. Please join us, contact Irene Perry
  • UTPB will also be hosting 2 ballooning groups at the UTPB Intramural field (near the Kirk building) from the West Virginia University Space Grant Consortium and the Gordon Cooper Technology Center from Oklahoma. Both are part of the Nationwide Eclipse Ballooning Project.
  • Building on the highly successful NASA and NSF-sponsored Nationwide Eclipse Ballooning Project (NEBP) implemented during the 2017, 2019, and 2020 total solar eclipses, this current effort will broaden participation of STEM learners by immersing teams from a wide range of higher education institutions in an innovative NASA-mission-like adventure in data acquisition and analysis through scientific ballooning during the October 14, 2023 annular and April 8, 2024 total solar eclipses.

For more information on the Annular Solar Eclipse such as eye-safety, eclipse times, more viewing parties, hotel offers, or your curated playlist for your drive/flight to Odessa, click here or visit DiscoverOdessa.org/eclipse



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