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World of Science Talk: August's Eclipse

Fri, May 05, 2017 starting at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Learn about how to best view the upcoming full solar eclipse 

The World of Science lecture series at the William M. Staerkel Planetarium has been extended to feature a May discussion of the upcoming solar eclipse.

The talk, "August's Great American Solar Eclipse," will take place Friday, May 5 at 7 p.m. Staerkel Planetarium's own Dave Leake will lead the discussion. Admission is $2 at the door with Friends of the Staerkel Planetarium admitted free of charge. 
On Monday, August 21, nearly 12 million Americans will trek toward the country's midsection to view the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse since 1918. Leake will use the planetarium dome to talk about what causes solar eclipses, why they are so rare, where viewers need to be to see the full eclipse, and what residents will see if they remain in the Champaign-Urbana area. 

While solar eclipses are one of nature's amazing spectacles, they can be very dangerous to view without taking the appropriate precautions. Leake will discuss how to safely observe the event and how to view the eclipse from near the centerline. 
Leake has been sharing his love of the sky with the public since fifth grade. He has been performing that task at the Staerkel Planetarium for 27 years, the last 17 as director. He is a NASA Solar System Ambassador and is president and co-founder of the Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society.  
Following Leake's talk, the planetarium will present the program The Dark Matter Mystery followed by two laser shows featuring the Beatles and "Laser Retro." Tickets for regular planetarium programs range from $5 to $8. For a full planetarium show schedule, call 217/351-2446 or see www.parkland.edu/planetarium.

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