July 14, 2016 – Dr. Scott McIntosh is giving the next NCAR Explorer Series Lecture detailing the anticipated great American eclipse of 2017. The Explorer Series is NCAR’s new public lecture series appropriate for ages 12+. Wednesday July 20 and Saturday July 23 are the lecture dates.
A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth – causing the Moon to block the light from the Sun. Typically the Moon only partially blocks the Sun’s light during an eclipse, however occasionally the Moon completely blocks the Sun, causing what is called a total solar eclipse. August 21 2017 will be just one of those occasions – the first in the continental US since 1979. Day will turn to night for two minutes during this time and the Sun’s enigmatic faint extended atmosphere, or “corona,” will shine in the dark sky.
Come and learn about this unique event: how does it happen, where to view it, how to view it safely, and what you can expect from it! For more information visit: NCAR Explorer Series Webpage.
Free tickets are required but note that Wednesday’s show is already filled up; seating for Saturday’s event is still available by registering for free tickets here: Eventbrite tickets.
Dr. Scott McIntosh is Observatory Director in the High Altitude Observatory of the National Center for Atmospheric Research. His primary focus of research is chromospheric dynamics and understanding the physical connectivity between the Sun’s cool surface and its considerably hotter corona.