Come celebrate historic solar eclipse on campus, 700 FREE approved glasses will be handed out

Come celebrate historic solar eclipse on campus, 700 FREE approved glasses will be handed out


Nicole Doll
Director of Public Relations & Communications
333 Thomas More Parkway
Crestview Hills, KY 41017
Office: 859.344.3309
Cell: 513.609.3603



CRESTVIEW HILLS, KY – Don’t get burned by bogus eclipse glasses! Campus pooch Tommy Boy is wearing approved glasses and he’ll have 700 additional FREE glasses for the community at Thomas More College’s Solar Eclipse Watch Party.

From 1 to 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21, Thomas More College will host a free eclipse viewing event on campus. The public is invited to come watch the eclipse at the BB&T Observatory through our high-powered telescopes outfitted with special, approved eclipse filters. We’ll also

have several similar telescopes set up on our softball field for those who want to spend some time watching the first eclipse to cross the mainland United States since 1979.

Astronomy experts and graduate students will be available to both the media and the public Aug. 21. The BB&T Observatory can be open and available for live shots as early as 5 a.m. Wes Ryle, Ph. D., astronomy professor and director of the BB&T Observatory, is also available this week for taped and in-studio interviews.

August 21 also happens to be the first day of classes here at the Thomas More campus. For our first-year students, imagine the amazing memory of having the first day of college coincide with a solar eclipse! The media is invited to chat with our students as they mark the event.

Located on the main campus of Thomas More College, the BB&T Observatory offers the opportunity for our Physics Department to sharpen its focus on the enlightening world of astronomy. The Observatory features computer-controlled telescopes, CCD digital imaging camera systems, and telescope-dedicated computer systems. The Observatory building incorporates a sliding roof that opens to the stars and a climate-controlled computer room, allowing observers to remain comfortable while they pursue celestial observation projects even during the coldest winter nights.


Thomas More College is a values-based liberal arts institution that is proud to be one of 9 Catholic Diocesan colleges in the nation. Located in Crestview Hills, KY, just 10 minutes from downtown Cincinnati, it was originally founded in 1921 by the Benedictine Sisters as Villa Madonna College. The college offers personalized attention and strong academic programs that allow students to have a distinctive and transformative experience. Thomas More College was recognized in 2017 by as the number one college for return on investment in Kentucky.