The Planetary Society creates and participates in events to bring the excitement of space exploration to public audiences. From our world-wide Planetfests to lectures in small-town libraries to hanging a solar-sail blade in Rockefeller Center in New York, we are constantly finding new ways involve our members in the excitement of space exploration.
Mat Kaplan of Planetary Radio will enjoy the eclipse from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The school's August 19-21 celebration will include an Eclipse ComicCon, Astronomy, Science & Technology Expo, and a Planetary Radio Live stage show on Sunday, August 20th. Mat will host the live stadium show the next day as 50,000 campus visitors and webcast viewers around the world wait for day to become night.
Join our CEO Bill Nye, Dr. Amy Mainzer from JPL, and Ready Jet Go! (PBS Kids) at Homestead National Monument in Nebraska. Nye will join Park Rangers and celebrated science educators onsite in the path of totality and on stage to welcome visitors as they enjoy totality. Ready Jet Go! will help lead the crowd through the 90 minutes of eclipse phases through a series of demonstrations, Q&A with Dr. Amy Mainzer, songs from the series, a countdown to Eclipse Totality, and explanations of what to look, feel, and listen for as the shadow of the total solar eclipse descends over Homestead.
If you can’t make it to an event along the path of totality, you can watch totality happen LIVE via slooh.com. Slooh is your interface to outer space. You can control online telescopes, watch LIVE streaming events, participate in the community and more. For the 2017 North American Eclipse they will be broadcasting totality live from the Elk Creek Campground in Idaho.
Join Planetary Radio host Mat Kaplan for two interactive panel discussions and audience Q&A sessions covering a wide range of eclipse-related topics - from eclipse basics and what to expect, to amateur astronomy, astrophotography, and more!
Have you ever looked up at the night sky and wonder what’s above us?
Here’s your chance to experience the night sky with astronomers and discover the vast expanse beyond earth. Telescopes will be directed at other planets and objects in our Milky Way Galaxy. Fun, educational children activities will be available. Kids can also become a Night Sky Junior Ranger! Door prizes will be available for the first 100 visitors! Remember to bring a red lens flashlight to help preserve our night vision throughout the event.
Schedule of events:
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: Kid’s Activities
8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.: Telescope Viewing
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: Native American Night Sky Stories, by Hupa Native Kat High
8 p.m. – 9 p. m.: Presentation by Dr. Travis Longcore, Preserving the Night Sky
Dr. Longcore is a leading expert in the environmental and ecological effects of night lighting, including avian collisions with structures, attraction of insects to lights, and the disruption of behavioral and physiological processes across species. He is assistant professor of architecture, spatial sciences, and biological sciences at USC.
Parking and entrance is free. Paramount Ranch is located at 2903 Cornell Rd, Agoura Hills, CA 91301. For more information please call the Visitor Center at 805-370-2301.