Program of Events for Sunday, August 20

MADRAS, OREGON
MADRAS HIGH SCHOOL PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

6 pm
Astronomer Talk – Dr. Jeffrey Hall
Topic: What to Expect When You’re Expecting an Eclipse
Circumstances of eclipses, what we see when one happens, what we learn about the Sun (and other stars) from eclipses (30 min).

7 pm
Lowell Historian Talk – Kevin Schindler
Topic: The Bizarre Cultural and Scientific History of Eclipses
From Christopher Columbus persuading native Jamaicans to feed his hungry men, to astronomers proving Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, eclipses have played a curious role in the history of culture and science.

8 pm
Astronomer Talk – Dr. Gerard van Belle
Topic: An Explosion of Exoplanets: How Microscopic Eclipses Have Led to Detections of Nearby Worlds
Twenty years of detecting planets orbiting other stars will be discussed, with the vast majority of them being found to date via shadows in the light.

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