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Special Presentations
11am, 1pm & 3pm | KVCC Texas Township Campus

Join us on April 29th in KVCC’s Dale B. Lake Auditorium for three presentations by these esteemed authors, eclipse experts, and world-renowned eclipse chasers. All together, they have witnessed 60 total solar eclipses!




11:00 am Presentation:



Eclipses of Sun and Moon have been the subject of omens and awe throughout human history. We've told stories of why they happen and when they occur that over time have allowed us to predict them with amazing accuracy. The moments of brief beauty that are a hallmark of total solar eclipses have allowed us to measure our world, and understand the nature of others. In this tradition we continue to study and be amazed by their occurrence and this year the All-American Eclipse will be no different.

About the Speaker:
Tyler Nordgren is a Full Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Redlands. While earning his PhD in astronomy at Cornell University, Dr. Nordgren has used modern observatories around the world as part of his research. He has written peer-reviewed articles on subjects ranging from dark matter in galaxies to the pulsation of stars that are the foundation of our understanding of the size and age of the Universe.  In 2004, NASA’s Spirit and Opportunity rovers landed on Mars carrying sundials, or “Marsdials” on board which Dr. Nordgren helped design with a team of seven other scientists and artists. A third Marsdial that Dr. Nordgren helped design is onboard NASA’s newest rover, Curiosity. In 2011 Dr. Nordgren was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) the premier organization dedicated to protecting and preserving dark starry skies around the world. Dr. Nordgren now regularly tours the national parks giving talks to visitors and rangers alike educating both on the beauty of the night sky and how our national parks open a window on the Universe beyond. Dr. Nordgren most recent book is Sun Moon Earth: The History of Solar Eclipses from Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets.





1:00 pm Presentation:




Few events in the lexicon of Nature have the intensity and beauty of a total solar eclipse. Over the course of a few magical minutes, the solar glare is blocked to reveal a facet of the Sun’s personality that can only be appreciated by those along the path of the shadow. In those fleeting seconds, time seems to race ahead, and before the mind fully grasps the spectacle, it is suddenly over and gone, perhaps until the next eclipse. This presentation will prepare the observer for the race of visual treats — a timeline of events to watch for and remember: the oncoming shadow, the changes in lighting, the solar corona and chromosphere, sun-bright beads in lunar valleys, blood-red prominences, and ephemeral shadow bands with the hope that at least some will be sought out and remembered in the two minutes of totality.


About the Speaker:
Jay Anderson is a Canadian meteorologist and avid eclipse chaser who, for nearly forty years, has published  studies of the climate along eclipse tracks to help those who want to place themselves in the most favorable place to view the passage of the lunar shadow. These studies were originally incorporated into the circulars of the USNO, and then, with co-author Fred Espenak, by NASA. Jay has a BSc in Physics and Astronomy from the University of British Columbia, and a Master’s Degree from the University of Manitoba. With Fred Espenak, he is co-author of Eclipse Bulletin: Total Solar Eclipse 2017, the replacement for the past government circulars. Since his first eclipse in 1979, Jay has traveled the world with his wife Judy to stand under the shadow of the Moon; the eclipse on August 21st will be his 30th.




3:00 pm Presentation:




On August 21, 2017, a total eclipse of the Sun will be visible from the contiguous United States from Oregon to South Carolina. A total eclipse of the Sun is arguably the most spectacular astronomical phenomenon visible to the naked eye.

How often do eclipses occur and where can they be seen? When will the USA see its next total eclipse? What can eclipses tell us about the Sun and its mysterious corona? Espenak has spent the past 47 years chasing eclipses around the world. He will share some of his eclipse experiences with us through photos and video, including his most recent expedition to Indonesia in 2016. He will also give us a preview of upcoming total solar eclipses beyond 2017.

About the Speaker:
Fred Espenak is a retired NASA astrophysicist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center where he worked with infrared spectrometers to probe the atmospheres of the planets. He is also known as "Mr. Eclipse" because of his work on predicting and observing solar eclipses. He has written over a dozen books on eclipses including his most recent Eclipse Bulletin: Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 August 21. Espenak also runs 3 websites on eclipse prediction: EclipseWise, eclipse photography and astrophotography. Over the past 47 years he has witnessed 27 total eclipses of the Sun. In 2003, the International Astronomical Union honored Espenak by naming asteroid 14120 after him. Espenak now lives in Portal, Arizona where he operates Bifrost Astronomical Observatory.