Science Center of Iowa Event Calendar

Tuesday August 8, 2017

  • Cafe Scientifique: Solar Eclipse 101
  • 5:30 PM 
  • Location: Science Center of Iowa, 401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
    Presenter: Dr. Ethan Siegel, theoretical physicist and founder of "Starts with a Bang" column

    On August 21, 2017, it will be the first time since 1918 that a total solar eclipse has crossed the continental U.S. from coast to coast, and this month’s Café Scientifique is all about this historic event. We’ll explore the significance of the last “Great American Eclipse” of 1918, and discover how we can use the eclipse to test general relativity and more.

    Whether you’re traveling to the path of totality or catching it from your own backyard, join SCI and Dr. Ethan Siegel as we explore the science of a solar eclipse, and learn how to make the most of the main event on Monday, August 21.

    This talk will be held in SCI's Star Theater planetarium, and we will hear from Dr. Siegel via Skype.

    About the presenter:

    Ethan was born in New York, majored in three different things as an undergrad, and got his Ph.D. in theoretical physics. Yes, you indecisive young people, there is hope. After postdoctoral research focusing on dark matter and cosmic structure formation, he became a physics professor and a professional science communicator. His blog, "Starts With A Bang," was voted the No. 1 science blog on the internet by the Institute of Physics, and, separately, by Real Clear Science. His first book, Beyond The Galaxy, is available now and his second, Treknology, about the real-life science behind the technologies envisioned by Star Trek, comes out in October.

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