Sunday, August 20, 2017 (All day)
Type of Event: 
Lecture
Event Location: 
Austin Auditorium
Construction & Engineering Hall

The LaSells Stewart Center is hosting pre-eclipse activities that are free and open to the public (unless noted). We encourage people to come, socialize and engage in learning about the eclipse and our solar system. The Giustina Gallery will be open all day for viewing the OSU150 Space Grant Art Exhibit featuring local artists. Works are for sale.

The following events are at The LaSells Stewart Center:

10 a.m. | 40 Years in Space without Leaving the Ground
Bone Research Lab Director Russell Turner doesn’t limit his work to our planet. He’s been conducting experiments on spaceflight missions since the 1970s to study how microgravity affects bones. Hear about his adventures, mishaps and findings – and how his pioneering bone research out there applies to wellness and strong bones for the earthbound.

Room: Austin Auditorium

 

10 a.m. | Gabriel Jaime Gómez Carder, former director of the Planetarium of Medellín in Colombia, will present the following in Spanish with simultaneous English translation.

El Impacto del Eclipse Solar en la Naturaleza
Un eclipse total de Sol es una buena oportunidad para registrar los cambios meteorológicos que ocurren durante dicho fenómeno astronómico. Hay cambios de luminosidad en el ambiente, descenso de la temperatura, cambio en la dirección del viento, cambio en el comportamiento de los animales, oscurecimiento del cielo y aparición de las estrellas y planetas. Pero el impacto más impresionante es la sensibilidad humana. Para saber esto hay que vivirlo!

The Impact of a Solar Eclipse in Nature
A total solar eclipse is a good opportunity to record meteorological changes that occur during this astronomical phenomenon, such as luminosity, temperature, wind direction, animal behavior, darkening of the sky and appearance of the stars and planets. But the most impressive impact is human sensitivity. To know this you have to live it!

Room: Construction and Engineering Hall

 

11 a.m. | Total Eclipse of the Art:  How Artists Visualize the Sun, Moon and Cosmos
In this illustrated lecture, art historian Dr. Liena Vayzman will consider ways that historical and contemporary artists have imagined and visualized the cosmos, particularly the sun and moon – easily observable by humans and the subject of myth-making, speculation and worship in many cultures.

Room: Austin Auditorium

 

11 a.m. | The North Star, a Guiding Light to African American Freedom
Ethnic studies professor Robert Thompson discusses how astronomy played an important role in the African American culture, helping slaves navigate to freedom.

Room: Construction and Engineering Hall

 

12 p.m. | The Violent Universe: Waiting for Starlight
Explore the amazing phenomena of gamma ray bursts, the brightest explosions in the Universe, with astrophysicist and astronomy expert Davide Lazzati.

Room: Austin Auditorium

 

12 p.m. - 8 p.m. | Food and Beverages in the Courtyard
Relax, socialize and enjoy beer, wine and food for purchase starting at noon. BBQ by Pig Out BBQ Catering from 4-7 p.m.

Location: Courtyard

 

1 p.m. | Is There Life Elsewhere in the Universe?
This age-long question has yet to be answered, but there’s evidence from the NASA Curiosity Rover that Mars could have supported life in the past. Hear fascinating insights from expert Martin Fisk, a Participating Scientist in NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Program (Curiosity Rover), about whether life exists on other planets – and if so, how we might find it.

Room: Austin Auditorium

 

2 p.m. | Not Rocket Science? Yes, It Is!
Lift-off! This is rocket science. Hear how Oregon State University students on the High Altitude Rocket Team built a rocket to reach 100,000 ft.

Room: Austin Auditorium

 

3 p.m. | There Goes the Sun: An Overview of the "Great American Eclipse of 2017"
Learn all about the Total Solar Eclipse from expert Randall Milstein, Astronomer-in-Residence to the Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium and an OSU physics professor. Enjoy his educational and entertaining stories of the mythology, history, science and beauty of this rare celestial event.

Room: Austin Auditorium

 

4 p.m. | View from the Coast
During the eclipse, a vast network of sensors on oceanographic moorings off the Oregon Coast will be measuring its effect on the ocean through tides. Hear from oceanographer/professor Jonathan Fram about how bioacoustic sonars will measure fish and the zooplankton they eat, while other sensors will detect how the eclipse affects light and temperature at the sea surface.bioacoustic sonars will measure fish and the zooplankton they eat, while other sensors will detect how the eclipse affects light and temperature at the sea surface.

Room: Austin Auditorium

 

5 p.m. | Gabriel Jaime Gómez Carder, former director of the Planetarium of Medellín in Colombia, will present the following in Spanish with simultaneous English translation.

El Eclipse Total de Sol a Través del Arte
Los eclipses tanto de Sol como de Luna han impactado al hombre a través de toda su historia pero sin duda el más impresionante de los fenómenos naturales es el eclipse total de Sol registrado en el arte a través de la literatura, la historia, la pintura, el grabado, y más recientemente a través de la fotografía

The Total Eclipse and Art
The eclipses of both Sun and Moon have impacted man throughout history, but undoubtedly the most impressive is the total eclipse of Sun recorded in art through literature, history, painting, engraving, and more recently through photography.

Room: Construction and Engineering Hall

 

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