Summer Sky Events: Programs at The UFL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 16, 2017

Summer Solstice Celebration • Tuesday, June 20 • 6:30-7:15 PM
June 21 is the longest day of the year! We will celebrate with stories, songs, and a craft - all about the sun! For children and their families. 

Our Amazing Sun with Astronomer Jim Kaler • Monday, June 26 • 7:00-8:30 PM
In anticipation of the Solar Eclipse on August 21, we're exploring the skies. This program will focus on the massive fireball that is the center of our solar system. Expect to see some spectacular photos, and prepare to be amazed by what you learn about our immense and ever-changing sun. Our guest speaker is James B. (Jim) Kaler, Professor Emeritus of Astronomy at the University of Illinois. This program will be of special interest to
adults and teens.

Solar System 101 with Cosmologist Joaquin Vieira • Monday, July 17 • 7:00-8:30 PM
In anticipation of the solar eclipse on August 21, we're exploring the skies. At this event, cosmologist Joaquin Vieira takes us on a tour of our solar system. Explore the planets, moons, and our sun, and learn some surprising facts about how our solar system works. University of Illinois Professor Vieira is an observational cosmologist and an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois in the departments of Astronomy and Physics. This program will be of special interest to adults and young people ages 10 and up.

Eclipse 101 with Staerkel Planetarium Director David Leake • Tuesday, August 1 • 6:30-7:30 PM
Staerkel Planetarium Director Dave Leake is helping us prepare for the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse since 1918. It’s coming up on August 21! Learn what causes solar eclipses, why they are so rare, and how you can safely view this amazing event. Dave Leake is the director of the William M. Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College. This program is a family-friendly event. 

Art Lessons for Children: Create a Pinhole Camera • Sunday, August 13 • 2:00-2:45 PM
On August 21 the moon will pass in front of the sun, causing a spectacular partial solar eclipse (93% coverage). Join us for a special project -- build your own pinhole camera that can be used to safely view the eclipse. For children of all ages.

Solar Eclipse Party for Children • Monday, August 21 • 11:00-11:45 AM
Celebrate the solar eclipse with stories, songs, and a craft! For children and their families. 

For more information, please contact Rachel Fuller at rfuller@urbanafree.org or 217-367-4405. 

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