What Did People Experience During The Total Solar Eclipse? Relive “Totality” on Feb. 10!

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Credit: Fujitsu Planetarium, De Anza College

Date: February 10, 2018
Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Location: Fujitsu Planetarium at De Anza College, Cupertino, CA

Watch the “Totality” digital planetarium show, and hear an accompanying talk by Dr. Laura Peticolas, Sonoma State University, Megamovie 2017 Project Lead; and
Dr. Bryan Mendez, Space Sciences Laboratory, UC Berkeley, with Q&A.

“Totality” includes a variety of wonderful styles—from spectacular space environments to humorous pop-up books, to examine what eclipses are, how and when they occur, and what wonderful sights they create. A very special part of the show illustrates, in a very human way, what happens when you are caught in the shadow of the Moon and the Sun is plunged into a total solar eclipse.

Dr. Laura Peticolas, Sonoma State University, Megamovie 2017 Project Lead

Last August 21, 2017, there was a total solar eclipse crossing the United States from the Pacific to the Atlantic—the first such eclipse in 100 years. This astronomical event brought people from around the world to the United States to experience and to perform scientific research experiences, while also creating a motivation for communities throughout the U.S. to understand simple orbital dynamics, the dynamic Sun as a star, and the practices of astronomical research.

Dr. Bryan Mendez, Space Sciences Laboratory, UC Berkeley

Since 2011, a team of solar scientists, eclipse chasers, educators, outreach professionals, and filmmakers have been working toward a dream of gathering images from—and ultimately for—the public during the 2017 eclipse across the United States. The goal of this project is to collect these images for use by the public, including scientists, to create an “Eclipse Megamovie” of the corona from images taken from Oregon to South Carolina. An archive of all the images will be used for research on the Sun’s corona as well as science education, art, and videos—all to enhance the experience of the eclipse. Dr. Peticolas will provide an overview of the 2017 total solar eclipse and describe some scientific research that has resulted during this eclipse. Dr. Mendez will give a volunteer’s perspective on the project, and its importance.

Family Audience/Children ages 10 and older

Tickets*: $15 https://is.gd/oZwybn/Feb10
* Note: You do not have to be a Foothill or De Anza Student to purchase tickets online, but it is necessary to create an account. This registration system is managed by the Community Education Department and is separate from the College’s registration system.


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