As the total solar eclipse of April 8th grows closer, campuses are planning viewing parties filled with information and fun. For instance, The University of Texas at San Antonio is inviting students, faculty and staff to a community viewing experience narrated by the Department of Physics and Astronomy chair. They’ll receive safety eclipse glasses, be able to ask questions and participate in a crowd countdown as the moon’s shadow completely covers the sun that afternoon.

“Eclipses are amazing,” UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy professor and chair Angela Speck told UTSA Today. “Not only are they important for scientific studies, from understanding the sun itself to giving us new insight on the behavior of plants and animals, but they also are awesome in the true sense of the word. A total solar eclipse is unlike any earthly experience and an event you don’t want to miss.”

Read more about it here.