The Faulkner Planetarium has scheduled special showings of ‘Eclipse: The Sun Revealed’ the weekend before the Great American Eclipse!
On August 21st, the first total solar eclipse visible from the continental United States in 38 years will cut across the country from the northwest to the southeast. In the process, the path of totality will pass through central Idaho, a few hours’ drive from the Magic Valley. This celestial event is one that people will not want to miss. Given clear weather, a total solar eclipse is a true celestial wonder and, for many, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. To help prepare Idahoans for this rare spectacle the Faulkner Planetarium is pleased to announce a weekend of special showings that will provide audiences with the knowledge required to make plans to witness what is being called “The Great American Eclipse.”
Eclipse: The Sun Revealed, produced by the Adventure Science Center’s Sudekum Planetarium in Nashville, TN, explores the history of solar eclipses, including how various cultures interpreted them, and the science of solar eclipses. Discover the alignments of the Sun, Moon and Earth that give rise to both solar and lunar eclipses. Explore why eclipses do not occur every month. Learn proper solar eclipse viewing techniques so that you can enjoy the unique experience while protecting your eyes from harm. Listen to an Italian man’s moving account of his first total solar eclipse, in 2001, as the midday sky went dark in Zambia, Africa.
Special showings of ‘Eclipse’ will be at 1:30, 3:30, 7, and 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 and at 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20.
At the conclusion of the movie, the audience is treated to a live presentation, produced in-house at the Faulkner Planetarium, detailing the local circumstances of the total solar eclipse. Where will the path of totality cut across Idaho? Where are the best locations in the Gem State to view the eclipse? Which viewing methods are safe, and which aren’t? These questions and others are answered in this live interactive presentation. It is time to start planning for where you will be on August 21st, 2017. Get prepared by taking in this limited-time show; August 21st will be here before you know it.
The Faulkner Planetarium, Idaho’s premiere planetarium, boasts the largest theater dome in the state at 50 feet. Located in the Herrett Center for Arts and Science on the College of Southern Idaho campus in Twin Falls, the Faulkner has been serving the public for 21 years, offering high quality educational and entertaining programming in a wide variety of topics, including astronomy, meteorology, paleontology, history, and more. Admission prices are $6 adults, $5 seniors, $4 children ages 2 through 17; children under age 2 are admitted free.
For more information, and to watch a trailer for Eclipse: The Sun Revealed, visit the Herrett Center’s web page at http://herrett.csi.edu. Information may also be obtained by calling the museum at (208) 732-6655.
Faulkner Planetarium Contact:
Rick Greenawald, Planetarium Manager