Solar Eclipse Lectures and Activities
August 19, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
In preparation for the eclipse, we will host a series of educational events on the preceding Saturday afternoon and evening organized by professional astronomers from many universities around the country including the University of Arizona and the California Institute of Technology.
Hands-on Activities (4:30-6:00): Build a model solar system; discover why the Moon has phases; and build a pinhole camera for safely observing the eclipse.
Public Lecture (7:00-7:30): Locally-raised Dr. Ian McGreer (Wheeler HS '94), who is now a research astronomer at the University of Arizona will give a lecture entitled: "Highlights of the Universe."
Public Lecture (7:30-8:00): Dr. Cameron Hummels, a postdoctoral fellow and the Director for Astronom Outreach at Caltech will give a lecture entitled: "Understanding the Sun, Moon, and the Great American Solar Eclipse."
Guided Stargazing (8:00-10:00): Professional astronomers with telescopes will provide views of Saturn, star clusters, glowing gas clouds, and more. We may even see a few meteors.
These events are free and open to everyone including children. Stay only as long as you want and for the activities you want. Noted professional astronomers from around the country will be on hand to answer your questions about astronomy, physics, space, the eclipse, and more. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Caltech Astronomy Outreach.