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.

See and hear additional artwork and artistic interpretations of the beauty and mystery of space and astronomy.

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. 

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Hands-on and experiential activities

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 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

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. Share his enthusiasm for the science and beauty of this rare celestial event and find out how to experience it safely. 

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 display his meteorite collection with a "petting zoo" of several to pick up and handle. Like the "Antiques Road Show", you can bring your suspected meteorites to the event for him to evaluate for authenticity, .

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 in their sport and in the classroom.

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 the many ways Native American and non-Western cultures have interpreted astronomy and contributed to our understanding of the universe.

4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Beer, Wine, BBQ and Art

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)

 

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 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.

See and hear additional artwork and artistic interpretations of the beauty and mystery of space.

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. 

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Hands-on and  experiential activities

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 other eclipse-related arts and crafts projects.

11:00 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

There Goes the Sun: An Overview of the Great North American Total Solar Eclipse of 2017
Learn all about the upcoming “Great American Eclipse of 2017” – and why everyone wants to see it -– from Randall Milstein, OSU Professor and Astronomer-in-Residence to the Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium.

The Violent Universe

Explore the fascinating phenomena of gamma ray bursts, the brightest explosions in the Universe, with astrophysicist and astronomy expert Davide Lazzati.

 

Cultural Astronomy

Discover the many ways Native American and non-Western cultures have interpreted astronomy and contributed to our understanding of the universe.

 

Sports and Science

Meet some of Oregon State’s great athletes who are studying to be future scientists and engineers. and hear how they combine their passion for athletics and academics.

 

4:00 –7:00 p.m.

Beer, Wine, BBQ and Art

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

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 phenomena that most people will only experience 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. Totality will occur at 10:17 a.m.

Experience the total solar eclipse from 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 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.  After totality, view NASA's live broadcast of the eclipse as its continues east across the U.S.

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.