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Phil Plait presents Eclipse Across America

Join Central Arkansas Library System and the Arkansas Space Grant Consortium for this special event! On Friday, November 4, Dr. Phil Plait takes the CALS Ron Robinson Theater stage to present “Eclipse Across America.” This event is FREE! Reservations are NOT required. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the event begins at 7:00 p.m. A book signing will follow. Beer, wine, and concessions will be available.

On April 8, 2024, the United States will be treated to one of the rarest and most spectacular of celestial events: a total solar eclipse. The shadow of the Moon will fall along a narrow path across the US, including right through downtown Little Rock, which will enjoy 2 minutes and 30 seconds of totality. During that time the sky will grow dark, the stars and planets will come out, birds will stop singing, crickets will chirp, and you’ll be able to see the Sun’s corona, its gorgeous atmosphere normally far too faint to see from Earth. Renowned science communicator Dr. Phil Plait will present everything you need to know to safely watch the literally out-of-this-world event, explain the science, and even debunk a misconception or two about eclipses.

After spending a decade working on Hubble Space Telescope data and promoting science from a half dozen different NASA astronomical satellites, Phil Plait has gained a unique perspective on science and how the public understands it. He’s written books on scientific misconceptions, cosmic catastrophes and even a collection of satirical nerd insults, each showcasing his passion for science as well as his sense of humor. His popular blog, Bad Astronomy — hosted at different times by Discover Magazine and Slate, and now at SYFY Wire — covers a lot of ground, from interesting scientific events here on Earth all the way out to the edge of the observable universe. He’s given talks about science (and its nemesis, anti-science) around the world, has appeared in dozens of TV shows (including writing and hosting Crash Course Astronomy, a 46-part introduction to astronomy on YouTube and How The Universe Works). He lives in rural Boulder County, Colorado, with his family, two horses and four pet goats.

Free admission! Family friendly!

Masks are recommended but not required.