Dakota Discovery Museum will present its first family night this fall with a presentation about the solar eclipse called “After Dark,” beginning at 8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 17, at the museum on the east side of DWU’s campus. Registration is required and is $5 per person. To register, contact Rod Brown, the museum’s manager, at 996-2122. Each person who registers will also receive a pair of safety standard eclipse glasses, while supplies last.
DWU’s Dr. Michael Farney, professor of mathematics and astronomy, and Dr. Joan Lubben, associate professor of mathematics, will give an astronomy presentation that will include paper folding an icosahedral model of the sun and moon – referring to a 20-faced model depicting a three-dimensional object in miniature, as well as demonstrations of the Earth, moon and sun’s alignment for the solar eclipse, which will be Monday, Aug. 21. Following the activities, telescopes will be set up to view Saturn.
On Aug. 21, the DWU Math Club and its adviser, Lubben, will have two telescopes set up outside the Corrigan Health Sciences Center on campus, at the south-east corner of the building. Everyone is welcome to join, but remember to bring eclipse glasses that meet the ISO 12312-2 safety standard. There is a list of NASA-approved providers on its site, as well as safety tips for viewing the eclipse.. Anyone wishing to bring and set up a telescope to share with the crowd is welcome to do so.
Mitchell residents will not see a total eclipse on Aug. 21, but experience an eclipse at 92 percent. The exact time that the eclipse will begin is at 11:35 a.m. and the peak will be at 12:58 p.m.