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2024 Total Solar Eclipse
Come Early, Stay Late!

2024 Total Solar Eclipse Come Early, Stay Late!

Mark your calendars for a celestial spectacle of a lifetime! On Monday, April 8, Arkansas will bask in the shadow of a total solar eclipse, and ASU-Beebe is gearing up to make this extraordinary event an unforgettable experience for each community we serve.

Educating and Engaging:

ASU-Beebe recognizes the importance of community education and engagement about the upcoming eclipse. We have hosted various events catering to all ages, fostering a sense of wonder and curiosity.

An upcoming event at ASU-Beebe is the Arkansas SkyDome hosted by each campus in Beebe, Heber Springs and Searcy. Visit https://asub.ticketleap.com/skydome/ to reserve your time.

Task Force and Collaboration:

In 2022, ASU-Beebe formed a dedicated task force addressing and planning for the college involvement in each community where we have campus locations. Collaboration with local cities and chambers of commerce has been integral to staying informed and contributing to comprehensive planning.

Countdown to the Largest Event:

With less than 100 days until the eclipse, anticipation is building. This event is poised to be the largest our state has encountered, promising a tremendous economic boost and a chance for various communities to showcase the natural beauty and uniqueness of "The Natural" state.

Join ASU-Beebe for a Safe and Welcoming Experience:

While there are many viewing locations to choose from, ASU-Beebe invites you to bring your lawn chair to a safe and welcoming environment on our Beebe, Searcy and Heber Springs campuses. Beebe and Searcy are conveniently located off Hwy 67/167. Heber Springs, just a 30-minute drive away, offers its own unique natural charm.

Livestream from Heber Springs Campus:

For those unable to join in person, we'll have a livestream on YouTube from the picturesque Heber Springs campus. Experience the magic of the eclipse from the comfort of your own space.

View with Us and Connect:

We hope you decide to VIEW WITH US! The eclipse is more than a moment of darkness and uniqueness; it's a chance to connect, learn, and celebrate under the same extraordinary sky.

Get ready to witness the sun's dazzling dance with the moon! Let the eclipse be a catalyst for wonder, connection, and a renewed appreciation for the sky above. The countdown is on! Are you ready?

Credit: Michael Zeiler, GreatAmericanEclipse.com


The path of the eclipse is expected to pass through the central part of the state on a diagonal west to east trajectory resulting in total eclipse for several cities and communities in Arkansas, which will include all ASU-Beebe campus locations in Beebe, Heber Springs, Little Rock Air Force Base and Searcy.


ASU-BEEBE CAMPUS ECLIPSE TIMES AND LENGTH OF TOTAL DARKNESS:

Little Rock Air Force Base: 12:34 p.m. for 2m 30s

Beebe: 12:35 p.m. for 2m 46s

Searcy: 12:35 p.m. for 2m 57s

Heber Springs: 12:35 p.m. for 4m .04s

Don’t Look Up: Anticipating the 2024 Solar Eclipse, April 2023

The ASU-Beebe Global Awareness Committee invited Dr. P. Clay Sherrod, astronomical researcher and consultant at the Arkansas Sky Observatory, to present a lecture “Don’t Look Up: Anticipating the 2024 Solar Eclipse” in April 2023. Watch the recording of his lecture below:






Mitzi Adams Lecture, September 2023
In September 2023, Mitzi Adams, NASA Solar Scientist from the Marshall Space Center held a lecture on our campus. Watch the recording of her lecture below:
 



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Arkansas Skydome Planetarium, Feb. 20-22

As Arkansas State University-Beebe gears up for the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, an exciting opportunity emerges for celestial enthusiasts and science aficionados alike. The Arkansas Skydome Planetarium and Space Science Museum is set to be available on the Beebe, Searcy and Heber Springs campuses from Feb. 20 to Feb. 22, 2024.   

This event, made possible by the generous sponsorship of Eoff & Associates Realty, Inc., is free and open to the public. Attendees are required to reserve their preferred time slot at https://asub.ticketleap.com/skydome.    

"Step into the cosmic marvels of the night sky alongside us," urges Andrea Cole, development officer/major gifts, and is the eclipse taskforce coordinator at ASU-Beebe. "We invite ASU-Beebe employees, students, area schools and groups to immerse themselves in this journey through space and celestial wonders." 

Hosted at various locations, the portable skydome planetarium offers an immersive experience delving into the intricacies of our solar system and providing insights into how the upcoming eclipse will impact us. Skydome has the largest and most advanced digital portable planetarium system in the region and access to the same programming available in the largest planetariums in the world. For more information, view their website at https://arkansassky.com/skydome/

The schedule for the skydome is as follows: 

  • Beebe campus from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 20 in the Centennial Bank Gymnasium at 1102 W. College Street; 

  • Searcy campus from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21 in the Main Building café at 1800 East Moore Ave.; and 

  • Heber Springs campus from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22 in the Latimer Center at 71 Cleburne Park Road.

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Enter parking area from ASU Blvd./Pecan Street from Dewitt Henry Drive. 

Public parking is $20 per parking spot at the Beebe campus. The fee must be paid at the entrance. Cash only.

Faculty, staff and students receive complimentary parking with ASU-Beebe ID. 

DIRECTIONS:

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Public parking is $20 per parking spot at the Heber Springs campus. The fee must be paid at entrance. Cash only.

Faculty, staff and students receive complimentary parking with ASU-Beebe ID. 

DIRECTIONS:

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Enter parking area from Davis Drive. East Moore Street will be closed from Davis Drive to North Moss Street. 

Public parking is $10 per parking spot at the Searcy campus. The fee must be paid at the entrance. Cash only.

Faculty, staff and students receive complimentary parking with ASU-Beebe ID. 

DIRECTIONS:

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Protecting your eyes during a solar eclipse is vital. Never use sunglasses, welding masks or any uncertified eyewear to view the eclipse. Only ISO-certified eclipse glasses with the ISO 12312-2:2015 markings guarantee safe viewing.

Complimentary eclipse viewing glasses are available for ASU-Beebe students and employees.

All public K-12 schools were awarded eclipse glasses for each student via the Arkansas STEM Coalition and will be sending those home with students prior to the eclipse.

For more information on how to protect your eyes, visit: https://science.nasa.gov/eclipses/future-eclipses/eclipse-2024/safety/


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Commemorative T-shirts will be sold on each campus for $25.
BEEBE
Hulsey Amusement Carnival - April 4-11 | Beebe City Ball Park


SEARCY
Main Street Searcy | Sunday, April 7
Pioneer Village | April 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and April 7 from noon to 4 p.m.
Viewing Site: Berryhill Park (pickleball tournament, food trucks) April 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


For information on our community events nearby each campus location, visit the following external sites:

While the total solar eclipse on April 8 promises celestial wonder, we will be prioritizing safety by closing access to Sugarloaf Mountain from 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 7 through 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9.

We understand this might raise questions, so let us explain. The expected influx of visitors for the eclipse could create an environment that wouldn't allow for everyone to safely enjoy the natural beauty of Sugarloaf. Our hiking trails, normally open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., would be significantly impacted, potentially compromising the experience for all.

But fear not, eclipse enthusiasts! Sugarloaf remains your haven for outdoor adventures beyond April 8. Come explore our breathtaking trails, soak in the panoramic views, and reconnect with nature's grandeur any other day of the year.

In the meantime, we encourage you to find alternative locations for eclipse viewing and keep Sugarloaf Mountain in mind for your future outdoor getaways.

Thank you for understanding our decision to prioritize safety and the natural beauty of Sugarloaf.

The Arkansas Department of Transportation estimates that our roadways will see 700,000 extra vehicles (1.5 million people from outside of Arkansas) due to the influx of traffic to the path of totality. In their review of the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse, the ARDOT study team found that 30% of visitors arrived on the day of the total solar eclipse, and 80% left immediately after, causing significant traffic issues. 
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