Science on Tap: Eclipse-o-Mania!

The Kiggins Theater‘s next Science on Tap —”The Sights, Safety, and Science of the Great American Eclipse”—at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 9, will answer every question you ever had about the upcoming total solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21. On this day, the continental United States will experience its first total eclipse since 1979, and its first coast-to-coast eclipse since 1918. With over 12 million people in the path of totality and nearly 200 million within a single day’s drive, this may become the most watched eclipse in world history. From what you can expect to see to how to stay safe to the current and historical science that eclipses have brought us, this talk should give you all the information you need for an unforgettable eclipse experience!

The speaker, Dr. Ethan Siegel, was born in New York, majored in three different things as an undergrad, and got his Ph.D. in theoretical physics. (See? It never hurts to be a little indecisive.) After postdoctoral research focusing on dark matter and cosmic structure formation, he became a physics professor and a professional science communicator. The communication was more fun, so now he writes and speaks full time, including for Forbes, and NASA. His blog, Starts With a Bang, was voted the internet’s top science blog by the Institute of Physics and also by Real Clear Science. His first book, Beyond the Galaxy, is available today (and yes, he has copies to sign), and his second, Treknology, about the real-life science behind the technologies envisioned by Star Trek, comes out in October.

Science on Tap is a monthly lecture series at the Kiggins Theatre, offered in partnership with Via Productions (“Better Learning Through Beer”) and Washington State University Vancouver. The presentation starts at 7 p.m., but the Kiggins will open its doors at 6 p.m. so you can find a seat and purchase yummy refreshments: beer, wine, soda, pizza, and theater-style popcorn and candy. Tickets are $8 in advance (click here to purchase online, or check with the Kiggins’ box office) or $10 suggested donation at the door. Science on Tap is largely supported by money collected at the door, but no one will be turned away for lack of a few dollars. Come anyway and donate what you can! Buying a ticket in advance merely confirms that you will have a seat at the event. (…and reserving a seat is recommended, since this topic will not doubt be popular.)

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