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The Awesome Totality


 

Homestead National Monument of America
Total Solar Eclipse Schedule

Buildings, Grounds and Hours: Saturday August 19

Buildings Open at 8:30am – 10pm

Sunset 8:18, Dark 9:10

Grounds OPEN through the night!

ALL of our programs and events are FREE of charge!

Activities Schedule for Saturday August 19

HERITAGE CENTER

1 pm Michael Knisely – Eclipse Connections Through Writing

2 pm Wesley Hedges – Farmers Coop, Satellite Farming

3 pm Alison Taggert –  Artist in Residence, Photography Walk

8 pm Informal Stargazing Begins

EDUCATION CENTER

10 am Ryan Paul – Native American Starlore

11 am Andrea Jones – NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Program

12 pm Dr. Bryan Mendez – UC Berkley, Mayan Calendar in the Sky

1 pm   Nicky Fox – NASA Solar Probe Plus Spacecraft

2 pm   Ryan Paul, Native American Star Lore

3 pm   Dr. Bryan Mendez – UC Berkley, Mayan Calendar in the Sky

4 pm   Many Moccasins Dance Troupe

5 pm   Kristen Weaver – NASA GLOBE Observer

6 pm   Zach Berta-Thompson – NASA ExoplanetStudies

7 pm   Dr. Kelsey Young – NASA Astronaut Training

Activities Schedule for Sunday August 20

HERITAGE CENTER

1 pm Ryan Paul, Native American Star Lore

2 pm Alison Taggert – Artist in Residence Photography Walk

8 pm Informal Stargazing Begins

EDUCATION CENTER

1 pm Andrea Jones, NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Program

2 pm Ready Jet Go! with Dr. Amy Mainzer and the

          Ready Jet Go! Band – autograph signing after

3 pm Dr. Kelsey Young – NASA Astronaut Training

4 pm NPS Ranger – Homestead Connections

4:30 Ready Jet Go! with Dr. Amy Mainzer and the

          Ready Jet Go! Band – autograph signing after

5 pm NPS Ranger – Homestead Connections

6 pm Zach Berta-Thompson – NASA Exoplanet Studies

7 pm Dr. Lindley Johnson- NASA Planetary Defense

Activities Schedule for Monday August 21

HERITAGE CENTER

  8 am  Chris Sayre, Folk Singer – Morning Music

  9 am  Dr. Ed Grayzeck – NASA Sciences and Exploration

10 am The String Beans – Family Music Fun

10:30   Welcome

11:30 FIRST CONTACT

           Ready Jet Go! will help lead the crowd

          through the 90 minutes of eclipse phases!

           Demonstrations, Q&A with Dr. Amy Mainzer,

           Music, a Countdown to Eclipse Totality and Much More!

1:00   Glasses On and Glasses Off with Dr. Amy

           Mainzer and Special Guest

1:02   TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE

1:15   The Planetary Society’s Bill Nye and the NPS Eclipse Junior Ranger Program

2:30   Dr. Kelsey Young – NASA Astronaut Training

3:30   Spitfire Fiddle Band

HERITAGE CENTER – ALL DAY ACTIVITIES

NASA Expert Tent – Sat. Sun. Mon. 10 am-4 pm

Hands on Activities – Sat. Sun. – 10 am – 8 pm, Mon. –  9 am – 4 pm

– Eclipse pinhole viewer

– Quilt Block Creation

– Make a Button Toy aka Moon Zinger

EDUCATION CENTER

  8 am  Dr. Lindley Johnson- NASA Planetary Defense

  9 am Zach Berta-Thompson – NASA Exoplanet Studies

10 am Dr. Kelsey Young – NASA Astronaut Training

10:30   Welcome

11:30   FIRST CONTACT – visitors are invited to move to their preferred eclipse viewing areas.

1:00   Glasses on and Glasses off Announcements

1:02   TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE

2:30   Kristen Weaver, NASA GLOBE Observer

3:30   Nicky Fox, NASA Solar Probe Plus Spacecraft

EDUCATION CENTER – ALL DAY ACTIVITIES

Science On a Sphere® Sat.& Sun. 10 am – 5 pm, Mon. 9-11am & 2-4 pm

This exhibit features spectacular animations from NASA observations of our Sun, Moon, Earth, other planets, and more. Special digital presentations

will take place throughout the weekend. Each program is expected to last approximately 15 minutes.

Hands on Activities (10-8)

– Ultraviolet Bead activity – Make a Cornhusk Doll

The Awesome Totality

When you join us for the totality event, watch for these exciting visual experiences:

The Corona (Outer Atmosphere

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The Corona is an aura of plasma that surrounds the sun and extends millions of kilometres into space. The word “corona” is a Latin word meaning “crown.” 

 

The Ring of Fire (Lower Atmosphere

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Sometimes it is possible to see activity on the surface of the sun during a totality event, called the Ring of Fire.

 

Baily's Beads

As the moon slowly covers the surface of the sun, just a few seconds before totality, you may see flashes of bright lights called ‘Baily’s Beads‘, named after British astronomer Francis Baily who discovered them in 1836. They occur because the edge of the Moon is not smooth but jagged with mountain peaks and valleys. The flashes of light “blast through” the mountain valleys for just a few seconds.

 

The Diamond Ring

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The last of the beads (in Baily’s Beads) is called the Diamond Ring and is considered by many to be the most popular of the eclipse visual experience.

Watch the video of how the Diamond Ring forms during an eclipse.

Thank You Homestead Partners

Homestead National Monument of America salutes our partners for their part in helping to provide programming excellence for this weekend of Total Eclipse Programs and Presentations.

Thank You – NASA, Hevelone Foundation, Coffin Family Foundation, Homestead Book Stores operated by Eastern National, Humanities Nebraska, City of Beatrice, Friends of Homestead, the Jerry Davison Memorial Fund, and the Nebraska Arts Council.

Corona and diamond ring images (taken of totality events in Australia and Norway) courtesy of Derryl Barr. Video is courtesy of NASA.