OSU150 Space Grant Festival:
A Total Eclipse Experience
Aug. 19-21, 2017

Saturday, August 19

8:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Photography Workshop

Learn how to safely photograph the eclipse and make a solar filter for your own camera. Pre-registration is required.

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Exhibits

Visit “Totality”, an art exhibition emphasizing lyrical, conceptual, scientific, fantasy, and historic responses to the universe or to humankind’s space exploration. Location: Fairbanks Gallery

See and hear artists share their interpretations of the beauty and mystery of space. Location: Fairbanks Gallery

Visit the “Moon Tree”, a Douglas fir planted on campus from seeds that orbited the moon in 1971 with astronaut Stuart Roosa of the Apollo 14 team. Location: Jefferson & 30th St.

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Hands-on and Experiential Activities
Location: Memorial Union Quad

Rockets:  View high-altitude rockets built by students from Oregon State’s award-winning AIAA Club. (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) and hear what it takes to launch a rocket 100,000 feet in the air.

Robots: See Oregon State’s award-winning Mars Rover replica, an underwater robot and drones, while chatting with the OSU Robotics Club members who created them.

Fun with Physics: Try an “angular momentum chair”, learn how stellar fingerprinting helps identify what stars are made of, understand the science behind eclipses, moon phases and seasons, and make a cookie model of the sun.

Creation Station: Make an eclipse viewer or get creative with other eclipse-related arts and crafts projects. All ages are welcome!

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Learn from the experts
Grab a front row seat as Oregon State faculty and students share their knowledge and experience.

Sessions will last about 45 minutes, including Q&A

Locations: Memorial Union Bldg. and LaSells Stewart Center - Austin Auditorium

 

There Goes the Sun: An Overview of the "Great American Eclipse of 2017"
Learn all about the Total Solar Eclipse from expert Randall Milstein, Astronomer-in-Residence to the Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium and an OSU physics professor. Enjoy his educational and entertaining stories of the mythology, history, science and beauty of this rare celestial event.

40 Years in Space Without Leaving the Ground
Bone Research Lab Director Russell Turner doesn’t limit his work to our planet. He’s been conducting experiments on spaceflight missions since the 1970s to study how microgravity affects bones. Hear about his adventures, mishaps and findings – and how his pioneering bone research out there applies to the Earthbound.

Meteorite Petting Zoo
Have you ever held a meteorite? If not, here's your chance. Dick Pugh, a world renowned meteorite scientist with the Cascadia Meteorite Laboratory in Portland will be displaying his meteorite collection with a "petting zoo" of several to pick up and handle. You can also bring suspected meteorites to the event for him to evaluate for authenticity.

Is There Life Elsewhere in the Universe?  
This age-long question has yet to be answered, but there’s evidence from the NASA Curiosity Rover that Mars could have supported life in the past. Hear fascinating insights from expert Martin Fisk, a Participating Scientist in NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Program (Curiosity Rover), about whether life exists on other planets – and if so, how we might find it.

Sports and STEM
Meet some of the Beaver Nation athletes who are pursuing degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math). Hear how these future scientists and engineers are combining their passion for athletics and academics to make an impact.

The Violent Universe: Waiting for Starlight
Explore the amazing phenomena of gamma ray bursts, the brightest explosions in the Universe, with astrophysicist and astronomy expert Davide Lazzati.

Cultural Astronomy
Discover how various ethnic groups and cultures have interpreted astronomical events, used stars for navigation, and contributed to our understanding of the universe.

4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Beer, Wine, BBQ and Art
Location: LaSells Stewart Center

Relax, socialize and enjoy local beers and wines in the Giustina Gallery amid cosmic art inspired by space. Beverages and authentic, slow-smoked BBQ available for purchase.

Evening Entertainment

8:30 – 11:00 p.m.

Movie Under the Stars
Apollo-13 (PG)

Location: Memorial Union Quad

Grab some popcorn and watch “Apollo 13” (PG), a drama based on what was expected to be the third lunar-landing mission. This compelling true story of averted tragedy and heroism shows the creativity of the scientists who ran the early space missions. Seating is on the lawn, so bring a blanket or low chairs. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase.

9:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Starry Nights: Stargazing with Astronomers

Take advantage of the moonless sky to view the stars through advanced telescopes, guided by Randall Milstein, OSU Professor and Astronomer-in-Residence to the Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium plus local astronomy club members (weather permitting).

 

Sunday, August 20

8:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Photography Workshop

Learn how to safely photograph the eclipse and make a solar filter for your own camera. Pre-registration is required.

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Exhibits

Visit “Totality”, an art exhibition emphasizing lyrical, conceptual, scientific, fantasy, and historic responses to the universe or to humankind’s space exploration. Location: Fairbanks Gallery

See and hear artists share their interpretations of the beauty and mystery of space. Location: Fairbanks Gallery

Visit the “Moon Tree”, a Douglas fir planted on campus from seeds that orbited the moon in 1971 with astronaut Stuart Roosa of the Apollo 14 team. Location: Jefferson & 30th St.

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Hands-on and Experiential Activities
Location: Memorial Union Quad

Rockets:  View high-altitude rockets built by students from Oregon State’s award-winning AIAA Club. (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) and hear what it takes to launch a rocket 100,000 feet in the air.

Robots: See Oregon State’s award-winning Mars Rover replica, an underwater robot and drones, while chatting with the  OSU Robotics Club members who created them.

Fun with Physics: Try an “angular momentum chair”, learn how stellar fingerprinting helps identify what stars are made of, understand the science behind eclipses, moon phases and seasons, and make a cookie model of the sun.

Creation Station: Make an eclipse viewer or get creative with other eclipse-related arts and crafts projects. All ages are welcome!

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Learn from the Experts
Grab a front row seat as Oregon State faculty and students share their knowledge and experience.

Sessions will last about 45 minutes, including Q&A

Locations: Memorial Union Bldg. and LaSells Stewart Center - Austin Auditorium

There Goes the Sun: An Overview of the "Great American Eclipse of 2017"
Learn all about the Total Solar Eclipse from expert Randall Milstein, Astronomer-in-Residence to the Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium and an OSU physics professor. Enjoy his educational and entertaining stories of the mythology, history, science and beauty of this rare celestial event.

40 Years in Space Without Leaving the Ground
Bone Research Lab Director Russell Turner doesn’t limit his work to our planet. He’s been conducting experiments on spaceflight missions since the 1970s to study how microgravity affects bones. Hear about his adventures, mishaps and findings – and how his pioneering bone research out there applies to the Earthbound.

Meteorite Petting Zoo
Have you ever held a meteorite? If not, here's your chance. Dick Pugh, a world renowned meteorite scientist with the Cascadia Meteorite Laboratory in Portland will be displaying his meteorite collection with a "petting zoo" of several to pick up and handle. You can also bring suspected meteorites to the event for him to evaluate for authenticity.

Is There Life Elsewhere in the Universe?  
This age-long question has yet to be answered, but there’s evidence from the NASA Curiosity Rover that Mars could have supported life in the past. Hear fascinating insights from expert Martin Fisk, a Participating Scientist in NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Program (Curiosity Rover), about whether life exists on other planets – and if so, how we might find it.

Sports and STEM
Meet some of the Beaver Nation athletes who are pursuing degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math). Hear how these future scientists and engineers are combining their passion for athletics and academics to make an impact.

The Violent Universe: Waiting for Starlight
Explore the amazing phenomena of gamma ray bursts, the brightest explosions in the Universe, with astrophysicist and astronomy expert Davide Lazzati.

Cultural Astronomy
Discover how various ethnic groups and cultures have interpreted astronomical events, used stars for navigation, and contributed to our understanding of the universe.

4:00 –7:00 p.m.

Beer, Wine, BBQ and Art
Location: LaSells Stewart Center

Relax, socialize and enjoy local beers and wines in the Giustina Gallery amid cosmic art inspired by space. Beverages and authentic, slow-smoked BBQ available for purchase.

Evening Entertainment

7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Music on the Quad
Location: Memorial Union Quad

Wrap up the weekend with an outdoor concert featuring award-winning rock and soul band Lady Dottie & the Diamonds. Dance or sing along to hits from Stevie Wonder, Buddy Holly, Otis Redding, Diana Ross, and more. Beer, wine and food available for purchase.

9:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Starry Nights: Stargazing with Astronomers

Take advantage of the moonless sky to view the stars through advanced telescopes, guided by Randall Milstein, OSU Professor and Astronomer-in-Residence to the Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium plus local astronomy club members

(weather permitting)

 

Monday, Aug. 21 – Eclipse Watching Party
A total solar eclipse is a rare natural phenomenon that most people will experience only once in a lifetime. As totality approaches, you will see the astonishing sight of day turning to night and the Sun's corona blazing in the sky.

Experience the total solar eclipse from Student Legacy Park, a great viewing location on campus, and get free solar eclipse glasses. Oregon State’s Corvallis campus is in the path of totality, where the sky will go dark for about 2 minutes at about 10:17 a.m. Join the party as the moon begins covering the sun at about 9:00 a.m., and enjoy outdoor games and activities for the family.  Free parking available on a first-come, first-served basis; parking permits will not be required (no RVs or overnight camping).

Oregon State University Celebrates its 150th Anniversary
The eclipse event marks the first of four festivals this year celebrating 150 years of Oregon State University educating and engaging our world. The OSU150 Space Grant Festival highlights Oregon State’s leadership, excellence and innovation in aerospace-related fields and its lead role for the Oregon NASA Space Grant.