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The Eclipse isn't until April 8, but we can't wait to start celebrating!

The museum is offering our visitors an opportunity to learn more about this amazing event that we won't get to see again until 2044!

All presentations are FREE and open to the public. Advanced registration is not required.

"Chasing Darkness: Observing the Rare Total Solar Eclipse of April 8, 2024" presented by Dr. Samaiyah Farid, Project Scientist at the High Altitude Observatory (HAO) at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Co.
When viewing the Sun from Earth, we typically observe the tranquil rotation of surface features, called the photosphere. However, this perception is deceiving. The Sun's atmosphere, the corona, is home to dynamic and explosive phenomena that release high-energy particles and radiation. These eruptions drive space weather and can impact life here on our planet. Total solar eclipses provide a rare opportunity to view the solar atmosphere directly from Earth. Dr. Farid will discuss what we expect to observe during the eclipse and the valuable scientific insights we can gain from these observations. 
Friday, April 5 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. in the Carney Auditorium.

"Beneath the Solar Spotlight: Unveiling Solar Activity’s Terrestrial Impact and Celebrating the Splendor of the Sun" presented by presented by Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) graduate student studying solar physics, 2nd Lt. Kara Kniezewski will discuss the basics of solar physics while looking at beautiful imagery of our Sun, and why we should care about different types of solar activity as our dependence on technology grows. For those interested in STEM careers or for the astronomy hobbyists, a discussion highlighting the best parts of a career in solar sciences will conclude the presentation.
Friday, April 5 from 1 - 3 p.m. in the Space Gallery Overlook.


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