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The Solar Eclipse - Idaho Style

August 2, 2017
11:45 am - 1:15 pm
The Crystal Ballroom
Hoff Building
802 W. Bannock
Boise, ID

Guest Speakers are Brian Jackson, Assistant Professor of Physics, Boise State University, and Rob Mace, the Deputy Logistics Section Chief, Idaho Office of Emergency Management.

On August 21, 2017, Idaho will be part of a nation wide experience as a coast-to-coast solar eclipse traverses the nation. The “path of totality,” a band some 70 miles wide, will cover portions of southern Idaho, including communities such as Weiser, Garden Valley and Stanley as the eclipse makes its way east. As many as 500,000 people are expected to converge on this path in the state of Idaho, which enters the state around 10:10 a.m. and exits just before 1:00 p.m. MDT.

While only lasting a few minutes in total eclipse, the historic event represents a scientific and economic (tourism) opportunity, but also a logistical challenge given the large number of people who will travel into and then leave the path of totality.

For the Aug. 2 program on the solar eclipse we will have a pair of presenters:

  • Brian Jackson, Assistant Professor of Physics, Boise State University, and
  • Rob Mace, the Deputy Logistics Section Chief, Idaho Office of Emergency Management.

Brian has been leading community lectures about the eclipse across the state of Idaho, and will he hosting astronomers and the public at Boise State the night before the eclipse. He is an assistant professor teaching astronomy in the Physics Department at Boise State University and earned his PhD in Planetary Science from the University of Arizona‘s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory in Tucson AZ and his BS in Physics from Georgia Tech in Atlanta GA. Rob is helping facilitate the Idaho Office of Emergency Management's working group to coordinate federal, state, and local efforts to support communities in emergency preparedness. Come hear from these two presenters and get a complimentary set of eclipse glasses!

Moderator: Andy Brunelle

Forum Chair: Jen Pierce

 

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August 2, 2017

The Solar Eclipse - Idaho Style

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