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Astronomy for Kids: The Great Solar Eclipse of 2017

Friday, July 21, 2017
9:00am – 12:00pm

Storrs Campus
Planetarium

The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History at UConn will hold an astronomy activity for kids on Friday, July 21, 9 am to 12 noon. The workshop “Astronomy for Kids: The Great Solar Eclipse of 2017” will be presented by Dr. Cynthia Peterson from the University of Connecticut’s Physics Department.

Why all the excitement about the coming total solar eclipse on August 21st? Visit UConn's Historic Planetarium and learn about the moon shadow tracking across the lower 48 states for the first time in four decades. We'll discuss the geometry of eclipses, show slides from earlier total solar eclipses, and explore cultural relevance of the event in today's world. After a snack break we will basic a star finder, and talk about the many special celestial events you'll see in August along the eclipse canter line.

Weather permitting, participants with their parents are welcome to return Friday night for a session at the UConn Observatory to observe celestial objects like globular clusters, open clusters, and any comets that happen to be wandering by.

The program fee is $20 ($15 for Museum members and donors) and is open to Grades 5 through 10. Advance registration is required. For further information visit http://www.cac.uconn.edu/mnhcurrentcalendar.html or call 860.486.4460.

Contact:

Museum of Natural History

Connecticut State Museum of Natural History (primary), Office of Public Engagement, UConn Master Calendar

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