Total solar eclipses have fascinated and frightened us since we first lifted our eyes to the sky and tried to make sense of the natural world. Fortunately we have scientists like Chemeketa planetarium host Tom McDonough to help us understand the drama when a black disk appears to devour the sun and the sky goes dark in the middle of the day.
We will have an opportunity to experience a total eclipse of the sun the morning of Tuesday, August 21, so the new Chemeketa planetarium show is especially relevant. The show, called “Eclipse The Sun Revealed” covers all aspects of the astral event –
- Eclipse cultural history
- Emperors used to behead astrologers for not predicting these things
- Eclipse science
- Why don’t they happen every month?
- Eclipse safety tips
- Your mother was right. Staring at the sun can fry your retina
Tom, and astronomy faculty colleagues Chris Claysmith and Norm Friedman will add a special presentation about what to expect locally for the August 21 eclipse. They will show you the stars that may be visible when the sky goes dark that morning and conclude with a simulation of how the eclipse will appear.
The Sun Revealed
Fridays at 7:30
April 7 -June 9
$5 adults, $4 students and children
Chemeketa astronmers are also planning to host events this summer in conjunction with the eclipse.