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Monday, June 19, 2017

"American Eclipse" with Author David Baron

7 p.m. at Library Center For adults

On a July afternoon in 1878, three pioneering scientists -- planet hunter James Craig Watson, astronomer Maria Mitchell, and inventor Thomas Edison -- gathered in Colorado to view a rare celestial event -- a total solar eclipse. Each had their own reasons for grasping this brief night-of-a-day opportunity, and author David Baron shares their stories in "American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World." This fascinating portrait of the Gilded Age is described as a suspenseful and dramatic account that beautifully captures the awe, magic and mystery of one of the most spectacular natural events during the 19th century. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Stay after the presentation for sky gazing with the Springfield Astronomical Society.

Sky Gazing with the Springfield Astronomical Society

8-10 p.m. at Library Center For adults

Members of the Springfield Astronomical Society will have telescopes set up on the south lawn for solar and lunar viewing, weather permitting.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Science of "The Martian"

7 p.m. at Library Center For adults

Andy Weir's 2011 novel about an American astronaut who becomes stranded on Mars became a best-seller and critically acclaimed film starring Matt Damon. How much of Weir's science fiction is science reality? Join NASA Solar System Ambassador Marteen Nolan for a discussion about the science (and science fiction) of "The Martian." Beware: this presentation will include spoilers, so read the novel or watch the movie before you attend!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Eclipse Expo

1-4:30 p.m. at Library Center For adults

Learn more about the total solar eclipse coming on August 21. Attend presentations by eclipse experts from Missouri State University Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science Department and NASA, and participate in activities to help you prepare for the most awe-inspiring event of the year! Free eclipse glasses will be provided at the end of each presentation, 2 pair per person while supplies last. 1-1:45 p.m. in the auditorium: Eclipse Basics with MSU professor Dr. Becky Baker. Find out why eclipses occur, why this one is rare and what to expect on August 21. 1:50-2:25 p.m. in the auditorium: The Eclipse Experience with Dr. Baker. Dr. Baker will share a variety of solar and lunar videos featuring simulations and actual footage supplemented with commentary and observations. 2:30-3:25 p.m. in meeting rooms A & B: Eclipse Safety with NASA Solar System Ambassador Marteen Nolan. Learn how to safely view the eclipse, various methods for safe viewing, and make and learn to use a pinhole camera. Samples of sun funnels for telescopes and sun projectors using binoculars will be on hand. 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the auditorium: "The Sun Has Been Eaten" Eclipses Through History with MSU senior instructor Dr. Becky Baker. Discover the influential and significant roles lunar and solar eclipses have played in the history and culture of mankind. 1-4:30 p.m. in the Story Hour Room: A variety of space and eclipse-themed activities will be available for children. Eclipse glasses will not be provided at this session.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

NASA Discoveries

7 p.m. at Library Center For adults

In February 2017, NASA announced the discovery of the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Any of these planets could have liquid water and possibly be conducive to life. NASA Solar System Ambassador Marteen Nolan will explore this latest NASA discovery and help us understand its ramifications for space exploration and Earth's inhabitants.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Stories in the Stars

6-8 p.m. at Library Center For adults

Join us for a trip inside the StarLab planetarium, where you'll discover the Greek and Roman myths whose origins are rooted in the stars. A presenter will lead groups into the StarLab every 25 minutes. For adults only. Free eclipse glasses will be available, 2 pair per person while supplies last. Registration starts July 1. Call 882-0714.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Missouri's Meteorite Impact Structures: Three Strikes and a Hypothesis is Out?

7 p.m. at Library Center For adults

Weaubleau, Decaturville and Crooked Creek are meteorite impact structures that are aligned across the Missouri Ozarks. Some investigators have suggested that they resulted from serial impacts comparable to the Shoemaker-Levy 9 cometary impacts on Jupiter in 1994. Learn about meteorite impact structures and more from Dr. Kevin Evans, geology professor at Missouri State University. Free eclipse glasses will be available, 2 pair per person while supplies last.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Intergalactic Spray Paint Art

7 p.m. at Library Center For adults

Artist Taylor Hopkins demonstrates how to make space-themed art using spray paint. Work together to create a giant picture of outer space to be displayed in the library. Materials will be provided. Registration starts July 20. Call 883-5341.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Solar Eclipse Viewing at MSU

11 a.m.-2 p.m. at For all ages

A total solar eclipse is one of the most amazing natural phenomena one can experience. The moon passes in front of the sun, blocking its light in part or totally for up to three hours. This incredible wonder has not been seen over the continental United States since 1979. While not in the path of totality, those in Greene County can expect to experience the eclipse at about 96% totality. Missouri State University College of Natural and Applied Sciences invites the public to safely view the eclipse from Plaster Stadium, weather permitting. Free eclipse glasses will be provided to everyone who attends. Free parking will be available in the parking lot on East Trafficway across from Hammons Field, with shuttle service provided to the MSU campus.

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