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The Science of Eclipses

March 26 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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March 26


2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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ONSITE | Tuesday, March 26, 2 – 4 p.m.

Eclipses are one of the most spectacular wonders of nature and the total solar eclipse in April 2024 will be no exception. While the eclipse in western North Carolina will be partial, there will still be great interest in safely observing this unusual and beautiful event. In this timely and engaging class with Astronomer Stephan Martin, who has been involved in global eclipse studies over decades, we’ll explore why eclipses happen, what to look for during a total or partial solar eclipse, and how to observe them safely. Participants in the class will receive complementary NASA solar viewers (aka eclipse glasses) to view the eclipse and will learn about NASA eclipse participatory science projects. Weather permitting, we’ll head outside to get hands-on tips for safe viewing practices with naked-eye and telescope filters in preparation for a close-up look at our nearest star.

Learn more and Register for open classes: https://www.ncarboretum.org/education-programs/adult-education-classes/