Author David Baron: Edison and the Eclipse that Enlightened America (adults)
On July 29, 1878, a total solar eclipse crossed America’s Wild West. The astronomical event lured many of the era’s great scientists to the frontier, including Thomas Edison, who trekked from New Jersey to Wyoming to test a device he had invented to study the hidden sun. David Baron, award-winning journalist and author of the new book “American Eclipse”, will share the story of Edison and other eclipse chasers of 1878, and how that astronomical event spurred America’s rise as a global scientific power.
Final Frontier Design Studio: Space Suits and Gloves Designers (adults)
Have you ever wanted to see a real space suit? Nikolay Moiseev, co-founder of Final Frontier Design, a Brooklyn-based design studio, will explore space suits, display examples of Final Frontier Design’s work, and share stories of his 25+ years of experience designing, building, and flying space suits. Ages 9+ are welcome with an adult.
Meet Galileo Galilei (adults)
Galileo, Italian astronomer, scientist and philosopher, played a leading role in the Scientific Revolution. He improved the telescope and made many significant discoveries in astronomy. His findings encouraged him to speak out for the Copernican view that the earth revolved around the sun. Despite being censured by the church, Galileo continued to make important scientific discoveries until his death in 1642. Bob Gleason, an actor with the American Historical Theatre, portrays Galileo Galilei. Ages 9+ are welcome with an adult.
When the Sun Goes Dark: Getting Ready for the Great Solar Eclipse (adults)
Learn scintillating facts about the Sun, how eclipses happen, and why we don’t have them all the time. Prepare your own “device” to safely track the eclipse’s progress from your own backyard. Weather permitting, observe the sun using a specialized telescope. Presented by amateur astronomer Bob Reichman. Ages 9+ are welcome with an adult.
NASA’s Solar System Ambassador presents: Eclipses, Ellipses, and NASA Missions (adults, teens, tweens)
One of the thirteen original United States’ NASA Solar System Ambassadors, Hillsborough resident, Michael Dean Lewis, Ph.D., will talk about the total solar eclipse which will occur on August 21. A total solar eclipse of this magnitude, not seen since 1918, will be explained in perspective to Earth’s motion and how NASA missions relate to this event. In addition, Ambassador Lewis will discuss the Cassini mission when the Saturnian explorer will end its nearly twenty year mission in deep space as well as the Mars, Ceres and Jupiter missions.
The Great American Solar Eclipse (adults)
Learn about the history of eclipses, how and why they happen, and how to best view the year’s best astronomical event. Presented by amateur astronomer Paul Cirillo, a board member of the New Jersey Astronomical Association, and an outreach “Ambassador” for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.