2017 and the Great American Eclipse
On the morning of Monday August 21, 2017 a total solar eclipse will cross North America. Only those along the path of totality will experience the sun being totally blocked by the moon and the sky going black. All others from Canada through the US and Mexico, and on down to Central America will experience a partial eclipse. Here in Bozeman it will be approximately 95% coverage. If you plan to go south into Wyoming or Idaho, you could experience totality. If you plan on staying here in Bozeman, be sure you have proper equipment to observe the eclipse. For a better view click on the image:
AAS-Solar-Eclipse-Safety-v160824 Follow this link for more information on how you can safely observe the eclipse
Save the dates
There are some events that are coming up that we wanted to let you know about.
April 5 – Astronomy Day at the Museum of the Rockies 12-4pm
April 14-15 – Total Lunar Eclipse – no local event planned, but be sure to get out and observe.
April 25 – Next SMAS meeting at the Museum of the Rockies, 7pm
June 22 – the First International SUN-day, at the Bozeman Public Library 3-5pm
June 27-28 – Stars Over Yellowstone June weekend at Madison Amphitheater, with Jim Manning
July 25-26 – Stars Over Yellowstone July weekend at Madison Amphitheater, with Mike Murray
August 21-24 – Montana Starwatch: go to http://montanastarwatch.org/ for more information
March Winter Lecture Series
Join us on March 28, 2014 at 7:00 p.m., Hagar Auditorium at the Museum of the Rockies to hear Dr. Sarah Jaeggli from MSU, Solar Physics Postdoctoral Researcher, her talk will be an IRIS mission update.The Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) is a new mission to look at the Sun which was launched June 27, 2013. IRIS was designed to look at a very mysterious region above the Sun’s visible surface where the very hot gas of the corona (1 million degrees Celsius) meets the very cool gas of the chromosphere (5000 degrees Celsius). The mystery lies in how the Sun maintains the chromosphere at such a cool temperature while transferring energy through it into the hot corona. The MSU solar physics group is part of the international team responsible for building the instrument, operating it, and analyzing the images it sends back to Earth. In this lecture she’ll give an update on the IRIS mission and talk about the new science that is being done at MSU.