Argonne Eclipse Fest
Imagine disappearing right as you reach the high point of your day. Argonne will celebrate the upcoming solar eclipse with Argonne Eclipse Fest, held on Monday, August 21, 2017, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. outside the Building 213 Cafeteria.
The rare solar eclipse will cross the contiguous United States, creating a “path of totality” from Oregon to South Carolina. Join us during this exciting day of science and natural phenomena to view and enjoy the solar eclipse. ISO 12312-2 compliant “Eclipse glasses,” special-purpose solar filters and pinhole projectors will be handed out at the fest for safe viewing of the eclipse (while supplies last). The fest will also feature sun-themed giveaways, eclipse trivia and Sodexo will offer solar eclipse specials at all their campus locations. Employees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and picnic blankets.
Argonne researchers Clarence Chang (HEP) and Elise Jennings (LCF) will serve as masters of ceremony for the fest.
Chang is a cosmological physicist who performs work at the South Pole Telescope. During Monday’s event, he will provide his perspective on why scientists today are studying the solar eclipse and share his personal interest in eclipses.
Jennings will provide a brief lecture on historical efforts to study the solar eclipse. A computer scientist with a background in astrophysics and cosmology, Jennings will also share why she loves eclipses and astronomy.
The eclipse begins at 11:50 a.m., but the party starts at 12:30 p.m.
Argonne’s location is not in the path of totality, so it is not safe at any point to view the eclipse with the bare eye. Looking directly at the sun can cause permanent damage to the retina of the eye. The retina has no sensitivity to pain and the effects of retinal damage may not appear for hours. This damage can result in impairment of vision, up to and including blindness.