Eclipse 2017: Astronomer Andrew Fraknoi Presents @Central

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Andrew Fraknoi
August 5, 2017 - 2:00pm-4:00pm (ended)

In this illustrated, nontechnical talk, astronomer Andrew Fraknoi, will describe how eclipses work, why they are one of nature’s most spectacular sights, what scientists learn during eclipses, exactly when and where the eclipse of 2017 will be visible, and how to observe the eclipse and the Sun safely. Saturday, August 5, 2017, Community Meeting Room, 3rd Floor, 2 pm to 4 pm.

On Monday, August 21, 2017, there will be an eclipse of the Sun visible throughout the U.S. and all of North America.  People in a narrow path from Oregon to South Carolina will see a spectacular total eclipse, with the Moon briefly covering the Sun, and day turning into night.  Everyone else (an estimated 500 million people, including all of us in the Bay Area) will see a partial eclipse, where the Moon covers a good part of the Sun.  Special glasses or viewing techniques are needed to look at the Sun safely during a partial eclipse (sunglasses are NOT enough).  

At the conclusion of the program, everyone will receive a pair of certified safe eclipse-viewing glasses, courtesy of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Andrew Fraknoi is the chair of the astronomy department at Foothill College and the co-author of a new illustrated children’s book about eclipses, When the Sun Goes Dark (2017, NSTA Kids.)  He serves on the 2017 Eclipse Task Force of the American Astronomical Society, training teachers and librarians to act as guides for the public as the August eclipse approaches. He has appeared regularly on local and national radio, explaining astronomical developments in everyday language and was named California Professor of the Year in 2007.  In 2016, a project sponsored by the Gates and Hewlett Foundations made the astronomy textbook he is the lead author on available free in electronic form nationwide.  The International Astronomical Union has named Asteroid 4859 Asteroid Fraknoi to honor his contributions to the public understanding of science.

Copies of Professor Fraknoi’s children’s book on eclipses will be available for sale and signing after the talk.

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