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Presentation: Prepare for 2017 Total Solar Eclipse in Oregon!

Date/Time: Tue, Aug 15, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm

solar eclipse program

On Tuesday, August 15 at 7pm Jim Todd, Director of Space Science Education at the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI), will help you prepare for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse! The Total Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017 will sweep across the entire United States continent. Every American living in the 48 contiguous states and Alaska will be able to see a partial eclipse and millions of Americans will enjoy one of Nature's most spectacular displays by either living along its path or by driving less than a day from their homes. The Moon's shadow (about 100 km wide) will traverse a huge landmass, starting from Oregon and ending in South Carolina, in an uninterrupted manner, over a span of approximately 90 minutes. The last time the US witnessed such an event was on July 29,1878.  Where will YOU be in 2017?

Jim Todd has worked in space science education at OMSI for nearly 32 years. Additionally, Jim manages OMSI's Kendall Planetarium, which includes many hats: programming in astronomy and space exploration; teacher training in astronomy and space education; coordinating OMSI hosting of star parties in conjunction with local amateur astronomy groups. These monthly OMSI Star Parties take place from March through September at both Rooster Rock and L.L. Stub Stewart State Parks. Typically, nearly 200+ people attend a star party, with the largest attendance being for the annual Perseid Meteor Star Party each August. Jim just recently became a part-time Instructor for PCC Sylvania teaching Astronomy Education. Jim is from the class of 1979 at Lakeridge High School. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education from Portland State University, with a Minor in Integrated Science.