Eclipse preview events slated at PAC, W.S.

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Scientists from around the country will present information on 'Eclipse Week' during free events next week.

SUBMITTED LOGO - Scientists from NASA, Lowell Observatory and OMSI will be at 'Eclipse Week' events in Madras and Warm Springs next week.The week of May 15 is "Eclipse Week" at Jefferson County School District 509-J.

Scientists from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Lowell Observatory and OMSI will be at the school district, presenting information to students during the day, and holding two free evening events for the community.

A community presentation on "What is a Total Solar Eclipse and Why Should Madras Care?" by W. Dean Pesnell of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, will be given at the Madras Performing Arts Center on Thursday, May 18, beginning at 6 p.m., in the auditorium.

A total solar eclipse will occur over Madras on Aug. 21, and thousands of people will come to town to watch the moon block the sun for two minutes. Why all the interest? Join NASA scientists to talk about solar eclipses, why scientists like them, and why eclipse chasers seek them out in the far corners of the world.

The PAC talk will last approximately 30 minutes, with time for questions afterward. The group will then break into smaller groups for different presentations by NASA and Lowell scientists.

The OMSI Planetarium will also be on site and available for tours. At 8 p.m., the crowd will head out to the stadium, where Todd Gonzales, of Lowell Observatory will give a presentation called "Star Stories."

Observing the night sky is one of the oldest sciences. Since the dawn of civilization, humans have looked up and wondered about their place in the cosmos. Join Lowell Observatory for a cosmic journey about the human story as told by the cosmos.

There will be hot chocolate and cookies for the attendees, and telescopes set up for star viewing.

On Tuesday, May 16, there will be a community event in Warm Springs at the Warm Springs K-8 Academy gym.

The ?Warm Springs ?event will begin with dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by presentations from NASA and Lowell Observatory scientists.  OMSI's Planetarium with be on site, so folks can go through it. The event should finish at about 7 p.m.

Finally, on Friday, May 19, at 10 a.m., the local business community is invited to the PAC for a presentation by NASA scientists, with a question time to follow.