Saturday, April 29, 2017 the Kalamazoo Astronomical Society (KAS) will
hold its annual award-winning Astronomy Day, a day-long celebration
featuring educational displays, hands-on activities, and special
presentations to bring science alive for the entire community. This FREE
event, aimed at the general public, especially families with school age
children, is intended to widen knowledge and appreciation of science,
particularly the field of astronomy.
The theme of Astronomy Day 2017 is the Great American Solar Eclipse
On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will cross the United States
from coast to coast. It will give tens of millions of people in a
70-mile-wide, 2,500-mile-long path from
to South Carolina a chance to see the spectacular solar corona, a sight
hidden from view except during totality. The continental United States
is the only land mass along the eclipse path. Everyone in the United
States will be able to enjoy at least a 70% partial eclipse, but don’t
settle for even a 99% eclipse. You want to experience a 100% total
solar eclipse! It is the greatest phenomenon in
nature. Occurring during the summer vacation season, this eclipse
potential to be seen by more people than any other event of its kind in
We are pleased to welcome Kalamazoo Valley Community College as
a co-sponsor. KVCC's Texas Township Campus will host our daytime
activities from 10am - 4pm. These include safe observations of the
Sun, hands-on activities, educational displays, eclipse talks for kids by Patricia Totten Espenak
and Mike Sinclair
special presentations from world-renowned eclipse experts
Dr. Tyler Nordgren, Jay Anderson, and "Mr. Eclipse" Fred Espenak.
Day concludes with an observing session for the public at the Kalamazoo
Nature Center starting at 8pm, weather permitting.
Below is the schedule of events to take place on April 29th
detailed information on all of our activities can be found throughout
this special website. Please feel free to contact us
if you have any further comments or questions. Thank you and see you on Astronomy Day!