ACM – Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse Program: Anderson University’s Robert Fries
Tuesday, August 15 at 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
SYZYGY

When three astronomical objects are in exact straight-line alignment, they are in syzygy.

Every month, at both the New Moon and Full Moon phases, the alignment is nearly perfect. But only a few times each year is the alignment good enough for an eclipse to occur.

One of these events will occur on the afternoon of August 21st, when the Moon completely covers the face of the Sun for a few minutes. Daytime will turn to darkness. Planets will be visible in the sky. The horizon will resemble sunset, except it will completely surround the observer.

On August 15th, the Museum will host Robert Fries, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy Emeritus, for a preview of the coming eclipse. He will address which parts of the eclipse are safe to view with the naked eye and which parts must not be viewed directly. For many, this solar eclipse will be a once-in-a-lifetime event. Be ready for it!

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