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The Great North American Eclipse

There will be a total solar eclipse on August 21—the first in North America in 38 years! It’s been so long that many of us don’t remember what an eclipse is and how it happens. This talk will start with the phases of the moon and go on to figure out the mechanics of solar and lunar eclipses. Why can some people on Earth see a total eclipse, and others can’t? How often do eclipses happen? We’ll talk about how to view the eclipse safely. I’ll tell you what to take on an eclipse expedition, and what you can see right here in Northampton. 

Presented by Meg Thacher from the Five College Astronomy Department at Smith College.

Monday, August 7, 2017
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Coolidge Museum
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