Total Eclipse of the Sun Explained

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 -
6:00pm to 7:00pm

On August 21st, a total solar eclipse will sweep across the US from Oregon to South Carolina. This will be the first total solar eclipse to occur in the continental United States since 1979 and the first to travel from coast-to-coast since 1918. Total solar eclipses are special events for which people will travel thousands of miles to see and this one will be occurring extremely close. What are solar eclipses and why do they happen? Why are they so rare that people will travel long distances to see them? Are eclipses dangerous? How can I observe them safely? Why are eclipses scientifically important? These questions and more will be answered in a talk present by UNC Professor of Astronomy Charles Kuehn. In addition to learning about eclipses, all attendees will have the chance to view the Sun with a solar telescope (weather permitting) and will be able to take home their own pair of free eclipse glasses.

Dr. Charles Kuehn is a Professor of Astronomy at the University of Northern Colorado. His primary research area is using variable stars, stars that get brighter and dimmer because they physically pulsate, to study how our Milky Way galaxy formed. Dr. Kuehn earned his PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics at Michigan State University.

Since seating is limited, the doors will open at 5:30.

There will be a second program at 7 PM

Library Gertrude Scott Meeting Room
Robert Ayala
Event Type: 
All Ages