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The Great American Eclipse of 2017

by Brea Aamoth on October 2nd, 2017

‘Imiloa presents John Hamilton, from UH Hilo’s Physics and Astronomy Dept.
Date: Fri. Oct. 20
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Cost: $10, $8 for members (member level discounts apply)

Over 215 million people looked up to the sky to watch the moon’s shadow cut across the continental United States in the Great American Eclipse on August 21, 2017. But what happens during an eclipse? How often do they occur? When can we expect to experience such an eclipse here in Hawai‘i? Learn more about Hawai‘i’s past and future eclipses at ‘Imiloa’s Maunakea Skies talk with John Hamilton from UH Hilo’s Physics and Astronomy Department, on Friday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m.


The entirety of North America was able to view at least a partial eclipse this past August. The path of totality covered about 16 percent of the contiguous United States, stretching from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina in an event that won’t occur again until August 2045. UH Hilo’s Eclipse Expedition team took advantage of this historical, astronomical event and traveled to the Lost River Field Station in Mackay, Idaho, to obtain one of the best views possible of the total solar eclipse.


Hamilton will share his team’s total solar eclipse experience in Idaho, and also discuss the previous solar eclipse that was partially visible in Hawai‘i in July 1991. Will Hawai‘i ever see a total solar eclipse, nature’s spectacular event when the moon comes between the Sun and Earth, casting the darkest part of its shadow on Earth? Come to this Maunakea Skies talk at ‘Imiloa to find out!


Hamilton received his BA in Physics and Astronomy from The University of Texas, and his MS in Astronomy from UH Mānoa. Following his schooling, he worked at the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope and Gemini Observatory on Maunakea. He has taught over 27 distinct courses in the UH Hilo Astronomy and Physics Department, including special topics on Space Exploration. He served as department chair in 2006, and has received three NASA Group Achievement Awards and several NASA Certificates of Appreciation for Mars analog work on Maunakea. He was recently awarded the 2017 UH System Frances David Award for Excellence.


Hosted by Planetarium Technician Emily Peavy,‘Imiloa’s monthly Maunakea Skies program includes observational highlights of the current night sky over Hawai‘i, with the audience viewing prominent constellations and stars visible during this time of year. Maunakea Skies planetarium presentations are held on the third Friday of each month. General admission tickets are $10, $8 for members (member level discounts apply). Pre-purchase tickets at ‘Imiloa’s front desk or by phone at 808-932-8901.

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