August 1, 6:30 pm! The Great American Eclipse, a total solar eclipse, will sweep across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina on August 21, 2017 . Learn all about why, and how to safely observe it.
The event is being called the "Great American Eclipse" because it will be so accessible to a large number of Americans: 12 million people live along the path of totality, and it is estimated that another 10 million or more will travel to witness this wondrous natural event, when the sky darkens at midday, and the tenuous solar corona becomes visible to the naked eye.
During the August 1 presentation we discuss facts about total solar eclipses - why they happen, what to expect, how to best observe them, as well as propose a "best course of action" for people living in our area. Eclipse safety glasses will be available for safe viewing.
Further, we will provide a bit of information about the science that can be done during an eclipse: while the solar corona is routinely studied with ground and space observatories, a total eclipse still provides unique opportunities for scientific discoveries.
About the speaker: Gianna Cauzzi is a scientist at the National Solar Observatory (NSO), Boulder, and a resident of Lafayette.