The Great American Eclipse: Be a Part of History

 An Evening with Dr. Doug Roberts

On August 21, 2017 up to 500 million people in North America will be able to experience a solar eclipse either in its partial or total phase. In this unique event the shadow of the Moon will cut a 70-mile wide path across the entire country, the first time for a continent-wide eclipse in almost a century.  For those lucky enough to be in the path of totality, they will experience mid-day twilight and see the ethereal corona surrounding the disk of the Sun. In this talk, Dr. Doug Roberts, an active astronomer and the Chief Technology Officer at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, will discuss the science and wonder of eclipses and provide some pointers for seeing this very special one!

Dr. Doug Roberts joined the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History in late 2016 as its first Chief Technology Officer. There he manages the technical aspects of the Museum and is focused on using technology in innovative ways to bring science and history to Museum guests. This involves using existing technology, such as the Noble planetarium, as well as introducing new technology in exhibits, such as DinoLand. Roberts is also engaged in active research using telescopes like the Very Large Array radio telescope and the Hubble Space Telescope to understand the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

6:00 PM

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History's Omni Theater

This event is free, but space is limited and RSVPs are required.


Image Courtesy of Dennis di Cicco / Sky & Telescope


Fun Fact
The full length feature films over on the Quick Turn Reel Unit, added in Sept. 2005, can hold a two and a half hour movie, weighing in at over 700 pounds and stretching over 9 miles long!

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