11:30-1:30 Monday, August 21 at Shenk Sports Complex
On August 21, 2017, Lawrence, Kansas, will be in the path of a solar eclipse. It’s estimated that 99.3% of the sun will be blocked. Join the KU Department of Physics and Astronomy and the KU Natural History Museum at the Shenk Sports Complex to view the eclipse and learn more about this solar phenomenon when it peaks at about 1:10 pm. Free eclipse glasses provided.* The family-friendly, drop-in event includes science and art activities, telescope viewing with astronomers, and food trucks that will offer lunch.
More details coming soon.
*Remember, it’s never safe to look at the sun, even with regular sunglasses. To safely view the eclipse, you will need special eclipse glasses.
Astronomy Events and Resources in Lawrence
The Great American Eclipse of 2017 - Panel Presentation
Sunday, August 20 - 4:30 p.m.
Lawrence Public Library - Auditorium
Library Staff (TBD) and Prof. Bruce Twarog
Join KU Physics and Astronomy professors and LPL for a timely discussion about the science and significance of this year’s big solar eclipse. Don’t forget to pick up your eclipse glasses while you’re here!
The Eclipse at KU: A Community Event
While the path of totality for the August 21, 2017 eclipse will not pass over Lawrence, our view of the sun will be more than 99% blocked by the moon at the eclipse maximum (about 1:07 p.m.). Weather permitting, KU Physics & Astronomy and the Museum of Natural History will provide safe views of the eclipse and additional activities at the Shenk Sports Complex on Clinton Parkway near campus.
At that venue, various ways to safely view the sun before, during and after the deepest part of the eclipse will be available to visitors, including safety glasses and specially designed telescopes. It is important to know that even with the sun covered more than 99%, it is NOT safe to look directly at the sun without specially designed equipment or appropriate safety glasses. The eclipse glasses we are able to provide have been provided by the American Astronomical Society and Google, the University of Kansas and the Department of Physics & Astronomy for your safe use.
If you would care to provide a free-will donation in return for glasses, we’ll put those funds towards equipment for our August event. We also ask you to take no more than 5 pairs and attest that they will be for personal use, not resold. Sign-up sheet and glasses are available in the Physics & Astronomy Office in Malott Hall, room 1082.
Additional Information About the Eclipse
For authoritative eclipse times for various locations: http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/Eclipse2017.php
How to make a pinhole camera: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/learn/project/how-to-make-a-pinhole-camera/
3-D print your own US- or state-shaped pinhole camera: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/3d-printable-pinhole-projectors
Other Reputable/Useful Sites:
- American Astronomical Society Eclipse Viewing Guides
- Official NASA 2017 Eclipse Site
- NASA Sun-Earth Days
- American Astronomical Society
News Pieces/Interviews/Public Talks:
- July 26, 2017 - Q&A with Profs. Bruce Twarog and Barbara Anthony-Twarog (via KU News)
- July 17, 2017 - KU News Release
- June 21, 2017 - NASA Press Release
- June 20, 2017 - KCUR Interview of "Umbraphile" David Barron, author of "American Eclipse" (begins at the 21:57 mark)
- June 15, 2017 - Linda Hall Library Lecture: "Total Eclipse of the Sun: A Once in a Lifetime Event" by Astronomer David H. Levy
- May 29, 2017 - Lawrence Journal-World Article
- May 12, 2017 - Los Angeles Times Article
Live streams of eclipse: