On Monday, April 8, a total eclipse of the sun will be partially visible from Louisville. The rare celestial event occurs when the moon comes in between the Earth and the sun, blocking its light from reaching a small part of our planet.
Fun fact: A solar eclipse like this one won’t happen near Derby City again until October 2153.
The University of Louisville is offering a class that will prepare students for the occasion — and no, you don’t have to be currently enrolled in college to attend.
The online course will take place on Mondays from Jan. 8 to April 15. Here are just a few of the lecture topics from the syllabus:
- Eclipses in folklore, music, film, and TV
- Notable eclipses throughout history
- How to observe + photograph an eclipse
The course is self-paced with pre-recorded lectures, so it’s possible to enroll after the semester begins.