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SLAS Regular Meeting
Friday, August 18, 2017 7:30pm
James S. McDonnell Planetarium

The Great Lunar Cover Up:
When, Where, and Weather-Or-Not
To View The Total Solar Eclipse

Eric Gustafson, SLSC
Cindy Preszler,

NOTE: for this meeting, we will be meeting at the
James S. McDonnell Planetarium in Forest Park,
NOT at Washington University

Cindy Preszler of and Eric Gustavson of the Saint Louis Science Center will be featured at the August meeting of the St. Louis Astronomical Society. The meeting will begin at 7:30 PM Friday, August 18, at the James S. McDonnell Planetarium of the Saint Louis Science Center, 5100 Clayton Road in Forest Park, Saint Louis, MO 63110.  Free parking is available at the Planetarium site in Forest Park.     
"The Great American Eclipse" is the first total solar eclipse visible in the contiguous United States since 1979, and the first to cross the USA since 1918.  The path of the total solar eclipse, which is only about 70 miles wide, passes through parts of the Greater St. Louis Metropolitan Area. Those not within this path, whi ch includes all of North America, will see a partial solar eclipse.
Cindy Preszler will talk about weather prospects for August 21 and the effects of the solar eclipse on the weather. Eric Gustavson will explain why eclipses happen, why total solar eclipses are so rarely seen from any specific location, and how to view the partial phases of a solar eclipse safely. He will use the Zeiss star projector to simulate the August 21 eclipse on the Planetarium's dome.
     Cindy Preszler provides weather forecasts for the Greater St. Louis area and weather content for independent radio, television, and web organizations via her web service, . From 1998 to 2016, she was the chief meteorologist for KSDK-TV in St. Louis. Eric Gustavson is a planetarium staff member of the Saint Louis Science Center. He presents planetarium programs and assists with their development.

Upcoming Meetings:

September SLAS Collective - Solar Eclipse Results
October: Heinr ic Krawczynski, Washington University
November: William McKinnon, PhD PLUTO Washington University
December: Amy E Kimball - Skype Event - Radio Quasars & the VLA


Meeting Agenda


Introduction of Officers and Visitors

Eric Gustafson: Eclipses

Cindy Preszler: Understanding weather for the Eclipse Monday

Infini-tees Shirts for Sale!

Eclipse Glasses for Sale!

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