The Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council welcomes Steve Kilston, astronomer and retired aerospace engineer, for our July 2017 Science Pub presentation entitled Grokking the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. This year on Monday, August 21st, the moon’s shadow shall darken a path across the country, from the Pacific to the Atlantic, including right across Oregon. Probably more Americans will view this solar eclipse than any other in history. This presentation will discuss how eclipses happen, and what people see, how to get the most out of our Oregon experience on August 21, how eclipses and the sun relate to our human future, how eclipses and astronomy can help us feel our universe. Dr. Kilston will also explore a few unusual connections of eclipses to earthquakes, long-term prediction and planning, and SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) and interstellar travel.
The Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council hosts a free monthly public meeting series called the Coast Fork Science Pub on the fourth Tuesday of each month. The event begins with informal socializing, trivia, prizes and updates about the watershed and watershed council during the first hour.