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Solar Eclipse Monday August 21st, 2017 (first day of classes at SMSU)

Solar Eclipse Planetarium Shows ($5 admission charge):

F April 7th @ 7 p.m.

Sa April 8th@ 7 p.m.

M June 19th@ 7 p.m.

H July 20th@ 7 p.m.

August 16, 17, 18, 19th@ 7 p.m.

Special Eclipse viewing glasses will be for sale at all shows for $3 a piece

Topics to be discussed:  When to start watching it, how to watch safely, various methods for safe viewing, other environmental effects to pay attention to, why eclipses are so rare, what causes them, where to go to see totality.

For Eclipse 2017 details click:

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Buying a Star FAQ (Can I buy a star?)
Cool Astronomy/Stargazing  Links

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Space Calendar for 2017
January 4 Earth at perihelion, the closest point to the Sun.
January 4 Latest Sunrise
January 27 America's first space tragedy happened fifty years ago today when three astronauts died during the Apollo 1 test.
January 28 Chinese New Year: Year of the Rooster
Early 2017 European Commission launch of RemoveDebris to test removing space junk.
February 3 Venus & Mars are 5.5 degrees apart, the closest they will be in the evening sky.
February 26 Annular Solar Eclipse in South America and Africa.
March 12 Spring ahead! Daylight Saving Time begins today.
March 20 Spring begins at equinox, approximately 5:29 a.m. CDT
March 25 Venus is at inferior conjunction between Earth and Sun.
March 20
April 10
Best evening sky appearance of Mercury.
April 7 Jupiter is at opposition of the Sun and will be up all night.
June 14 Saturn at opposition of the Sun and will be up all night.
June 14 Earliest Sunrise
June 20 Summer Solstice begins at 11:24 p.m. CDT
June 27 Latest Sunset
July 3 Earth at aphelion, the farthest point from the Sun.
July 9 Pluto at opposition
July 26 Mars at solar conjunction, behind the Sun.
July Space X’s Dragon V2 space capsule unmanned test flight to ISS.
August 13 Perseid meteor shower peaks.
August 21 American Total Solar Eclipse! In the Milwaukee area, 83% of Sun will be obscured.
September 5 Neptune at opposition.
September 15 NASA’s Cassini probe ends by descending into Saturn after 13 years.
September 16 Mercury and Mars will be 0.2 degrees away from each other in the morning sky.
September 20 Venus and the bright star Regulus will be 0.6 degrees away from each other in the morning sky.
September 22 Fall arrives with the autumnal equinox at 3:02 p.m. CDT
October 5 Venus & Mars will be 0.2 degrees away from each other in the morning sky.
October 19 Uranus at opposition.
November 12 Fall back! Daylight Saving Time ends.
November 13 Venus and Jupiter will be 0.3 degrees away from each other in the morning sky.
December 3 Supermoon
December 7 Earliest Sunset
December 14 Geminid meteor shower peaks.
December 21 Winter Solstice begins at 10:28 a.m. CST
December Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner Capsule unmanned test flight to ISS.
December NASA’s launch of TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite).
December European Space Agency's launch of CHEOPS (CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite)/td>
December China launch of Chang’e 5 lunar lander and sample return.