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Tonight ... Science On Tap: Preparing For The Eclipse

on July 20, 2017 - 4:13pm


A full solar eclipse will pass over much of the United States Friday. It’s a rare opportunity indeed. Join us tonight at Science On Tap, at 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked in Los Alamos to prepare!

The last such eclipse was in February of 1979 and the next one won’t be until October 2023. What makes these celestial transits special is an opportunity to view the sun’s corona (or its extensive low-density atmosphere) when it is visible. It is only during a total solar eclipse that such investigation is possible.

Join Galen Gisler, a Lab scientist with our XTD Integrated Design & Assessment group, to learn more about the upcoming eclipse and efforts being made across the country to study it through the Citizen CATE [Continental-America Telescopic Eclipse] Experiment in conjunction with the National Solar Observatory. A short presentation will be followed by questions and lively discussion. The event is open to those of all ages.

Science On Tap happens every third Thursday of the month, featuring a new topic each time. Join us at 5:30 p.m. tonight at UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square.

Science On Tap is sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative District and hosted by the Bradbury Science Museum. The On Tap series begins each evening with an informal 10-15 minute lecture followed by a lively group discussion. All ages are welcome! On Tap is a way for people to get out and about in the community, learn something new, and meet people with similar interests. The “On Tap” series happens twice a month. The discussions are supported by Bradbury Science Museum, Fuller Lodge Art Center, Los Alamos Historical Society and PEEC at The Nature Center.

The Los Alamos Creative District is a program of Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation, a private, not-for-profit economic and community development organization serving the Los Alamos area since 1983. LACDC serves as the umbrella organization for the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, Los Alamos MainStreet, the Los Alamos Meeting & Visitors Bureau, Los Alamos Small Business Center, project Y Cowork Los Alamos and the Los Alamos Research Park.