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  • Friday, April 30th – The Sun and Solar Eclipses with Dr. Jay Pasachoff

    “The Sun and Solar Eclipses”

    Solar eclipses are the most spectacular celestial phenomena in which we on Earth can participate.  Prof. Pasachoff, a veteran of 50 solar eclipses, will describe how the outer part of the sun shines and how his studies at the recent eclipses in Greece, Russia, and China have helped our understanding of our nearest star.

    Jay Pasachoff, Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy at Williams College in Massachusetts, is chair of the International Astronomical Union’s Working Group on Eclipses.

    This lecture will be held at the Museum of the Rockies in the Hager Auditorium.  Doors open at 7:00, the lecture will begin at 7:30. Free and open to the public. The winter lecture series is sponsored by SMAS, MSGC, MSU Physics, and Museum of the Rockies.


  • Astronomy Day – Saturday, April 24th

    Join us for Astronomy Day from 1:00 – 4:00pm at the Museum of the Rockies.
    All events and Museum admission are FREE to the public!


    •        1pm: Opening Remarks
    …Ryan Hannahoe, MSU

    •        1:10pm: Space Travel, Space Research and (yuck) Space Adaption Syndrome
    …Loren Acton, former NASA astronaut

    •        2pm: Listening to the Universe
    …Joey Key, MSU Physics

    •        3pm: Eye on the Big Sky
    …MSU Space Public Outreach Team

    Solar Observing

    (located at the Museum Entrance Plaza)
    weather permitting

    Planetarium Shows

    1pm: Star Signs
    2pm: Lewis & Clark
    3pm: Star Signs

    Kids Activities

    (located within the Redstart Classroom)
    •        Electromagnetic War
    •        Fun with Solar Cookies
    •        Gravity Wave Game
    •        How to Make a Star-Wheel
    •        Science with UV Bead Bracelets


    (located in the main lobby)
    •        Astrobiology Biogeocatalysis Research Center of MSU
    •        Montana Space Grant Consortium
    •        NASA’s Mercury MESSENGER Mission
    •        Solar Physics Research Group of MSU
    •        Southwest Montana Astronomical Society
    •        SPIE Student Chapter of MSU

    Event Sponsors

    Astrobiology Biogeocatalysis Research Center of MSU
    MSU’s Extended University
    Museum of the Rockies
    Solar Physics Research Group of MSU
    Southwest Montana Astronomical Society