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Don’t miss it: August 21, 2017! You’ll begin seeing the ‘first bite’ of the eclipse at 11:34 a.m. Totality begins at 12:58 p.m. and will last for two minutes and 14 seconds in Hastings. There’s so much to learn prior to the big day! This video explains the eclipse and some of the new terms you need to know to understand it. Events related to the eclipse are listed below. We hope you join in the fun!

FREE Solar Observing
July 22 | 11 am-12 pm | Weather permitting

We use a specially equipped telescope so you can look directly and safely at the Sun! You’ll see the sun in rich, rewarding detail. No RSVP needed, just stop by. If the weather is cooperating, Planetarium staff will be set up just outside the Museum’s main entrance.

SolFest in Hastings, NE
August 18-20 |
Music and activities throughout the community: SolFest 2017.org

 

Saturday August 19

Black Hole Sun: Views from the Dark Side of the Moon
Dr. Megan Donahue | 10 am | FREE
If you’re interested in the eclipse, but uncertain you know what to look for—this is the talk for you. Dr. Donahue, professor of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University, will use NASA images to present a basic overview of the eclipse’s distinct stages and overall significance. She’ll explain why she and her family have traveled from Michigan to Nebraska to catch this amazing celestial event.

Galaxies Galore! | Dr. Megan Donahue | 2 pm | FREE
This talk delves deeper into the research and interests of Dr. Donahue, professor of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University. She’ll share her research on galaxy clusters and what they can teach us about history. She’ll also touch on her work with the Hubble Space Telescope!

Planetarium Schedule:
12 pm: Sky Tonight Live
1 pm: Earth, Moon & Sun
3 pm: Sky Tonight Live

August 20

Black Hole Sun: Views from the Dark Side of the Moon
Dr. Megan Donahue | 2 pm | FREE
If you’re interested in the eclipse, but uncertain you know what to look for—this is the talk for you. Dr. Donahue, professor of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University, will use NASA images to present a basic overview of the eclipse’s distinct stages and overall significance. She’ll explain why she and her family have traveled from Michigan to Nebraska to catch this amazing celestial event.

Planetarium Schedule:
12 pm: Sky Tonight Live
1 pm: Earth, Moon & Sun
3 pm: Sky Tonight Live

Megan&Mark

Donahue grew up on a farm near Inland, Nebraska, and attended St. Cecilia’s Catholic school here in Hastings! She received her undergraduate physics B.S. degree from MIT and her astrophysics Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Her post-doctoral research in observational astronomy was completed at the Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, in Pasadena, California and at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland. STScI later hired her as a staff astronomer to do research, work with the data archive team, and write science cases for the James Webb Space Telescope.

In 2003, she moved to Michigan State University and re-entered academic life as a professor in the MSU Physics and Astronomy Department, in East Lansing, Michigan.

Monday, August 21 | Eclipse Day!

Eclipse Day! Watch Party | Activities begin at 10:30 am | FREE
Join us on our front patio, weather permitting! We’ll have staff serving free cookies and Kool-Aid. Planetarium staff will be on hand for questions and we’ll have our telescope out to solar observe during the First Bite! Limited seating will be available. Feel free to bring your own lawn chairs.

• 10:30 am Eclipse 101, 30-minute talk in the Theatre from the Planetarium staff
• 11 am Solar Observing on the Museum’s front patio
• 11:34 am First Bite of the Eclipse becomes visible.
• 12:58 pm Totality begins. It will last 2 minutes and 14 seconds

Planetarium Schedule:
2 pm: Seeing, Narrated by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson
3 pm: Sky Tonight Live

Don’t forget your Solar Shades
for safe eclipse viewing.
Available in our Museum Store
for ONLY $1.

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