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Great American Solar Eclipse
If your bucket list includes a total solar eclipse…well, get ready. Our next is only months away, when the moon's shadow will sweep across the continental USA for the first time n nearly four decades. Learn the fine details of the eclipse, the best places to experience it and why you must absolutely not miss this once in a lifetime celestial event.
Presentation by visiting astronomer Dennnis Mammana.
2017 photo by Cristina Della Rosa
Night Sky Photography Workshop
All day fee class by visiting astronomer Dennis Mammana
Learn the secrets of capturing stunning portraits of the glorious Alaskan night sky—the moon, stars, meteors... and yes, even the magical aurora borealis itself—with only a camera and tripod. Seating is limited, and the Early Booking
Photo provided by Dennis Mammana
If you think that the Big Dipper is just a simple star grouping, think again. In this fun presentation, you'll learn where the Dipper is and what it's made of, what lies deep within, how to use it to find your latitude, and more. After this program, the Big Dipper will never look the same again.
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Exoplanets - Finding Another Earth - Are we there yet?
Have you seen headlines
like "NASA discovers Earth-like planet around nearby star"? Or
perhaps you've heard of the newly discovered TRAPPIST-1 system with three of it
seven planets within the star's habitable zone? What makes an
exoplanet Earth-like? Liquid water? Atmosphere?
Aurora? Not too hot? Not too cold? Come find out what
we know and how we know .
Presenter Rosemary Walling
Cassini - The Best Spacecraft Yet
Presentation by Sean Strauss. The Cassini mission to Saturn began over 20 years ago, and has
undoubtedly been a historic space voyage.
Image by Cassini mission staff at JPL.
Total Solar Eclipses
Learn about the upcoming August 21st total solar eclipse. This will be the first totality over mainland USA since 1979. The moon’s shadow will cover Oregon, then head east to South Carolina.
Eclipse chaser Steve Kocsis will cover the science and experience of witnessing this most awesome of celestial events.
Stages of total solar eclipse
100 Years of General Relativity
Steve Kocsis presents 100 years of Einstein's General Theory'. The Big Bang, ultimate fate of the Universe, large scale structure of the Universe, expansion of space, red shift, Gravity, black holes, lensing, dark energy and dark matter all emerge from the Einstein Field equations published in 1915. The Universe is mathematical. The equations are abstract. However, Einstein based his work on visual ideas that give insight into 'The mind of God'.
2015: The Centennial of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity
Black Hole Sun - Total Solar Eclipse Report
Join five planetarium volunteers who attended total solar eclipse and learn about their first hand experiences.
The public also invited to share their experiences. Where were you? How did it feel? Are you now an eclipse chaser?
Steve Kocsis will be "Dr" Steve and share facts such as moon phases and origin.
Cristina, creator of astronomy humor website will share follies such as animals on the moon.
Can you separate truth from fiction.
While Blood Moon is not a scientific term, it is used colloquially to refer to a total lunar eclipse, because a fully eclipsed Moon often takes on a reddish color. So why does the Moon turn red?
A total lunar eclipse happens when the Moon travels through the Earth's umbra, the dark central portion of its shadow, and the Earth blocks all direct sunlight from falling onto the Moon's surface. However, the Moon does not turn completely dark during a total eclipse as part of the sunlight still reaches the lunar surface indirectly, via the Earth's atmosphere.