Eclipse Lecture

 

Join Shawn Laatsch, Director of the Emera Astronomy Center and President of the International Planetarium Society, Inc. for a special presentation about the Great American Eclipse of 2017. Total Solar Eclipses are one of the most spectacular events in all of nature which humans have observed for millennia. Explore how eclipses take place, the different types of eclipses viewable from Earth, how to view the upcoming eclipse safely, and share the latest eclipse science. Along the way Laatsch will look at cultural views of eclipses and share his experiences of viewing total eclipses during his career in astronomy education. Take a look at future opportunities to view solar and lunar eclipses here in Maine and beyond! View the eclipse safely

**FREE Solar Eclipse glasses for attendees**

About Shawn:
M.S. Earth and Space Sciences Shawn has over 25 years of experience in planetariums having directed facilities in Hawaii, Kentucky, and Maryland as well as managing the construction and installation of a number of facilities in the US and abroad. He is responsible for all operations and management of the Emera Astronomy Center.

He has presented numerous planetarium shows, led educational workshops, and been an invited guest lecturer on astronomy and planetariums in Argentina, Brazil, China, Germany, Greece, Japan, New Zealand, and Russia. He has taught undergraduate astronomy courses at the University of Louisville, East Carolina University, and the University of Hawaii at Hilo using traditional and online methodologies.

Shawn serves as President Elect (President in 2017-2018) of the International Planetarium Society, Inc. the world’s largest organization of planetarium professionals and is a NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador. He has a passion for cultural and historical astronomy, and sharing the wonders of the universe with people of all ages.

Date:
Wednesday Aug 16, 2017
Time:
5:30 PM  -  7:00 PM
Contact:
Linda Oliver    947-8336 ext 129    loliver@bpl.lib.me.us
Location:
Lecture Hall

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