Monterey Institute for Research in Astronomy
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20 May

2-4 pm

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The Total Solar Eclipse of 21 August 2017

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Eclipses: How They Happen & How to Observe Them

Dr. Bruce Weaver
MIRA

Richard Hamming Astronomy Center, 2-4pm on 20 May 2017

In the 21st Century, there will be only three total solar eclipses visible from the west coast of the United States. To see a flaming annulus in a darkened mid-day sky is one of Nature's most awe inspiring sights. And this sight is unique in our Solar System.


Topics will include how & why total solar eclipses occur, a deeper look into the amazing celestial clockwork that makes them possible, some of the more subtle aspects to look for during the eclipse, and how to observe them safely. Eclipse glasses will be given to participants.


Dr. Weaver has led several Friends of MIRA expeditions across the globe to view remarkable solar eclipses. He is always awe-struck by the experience.

This event is only available to the Friends of MIRA.

Please make reservations (mira at mira.org or 883-1000) as space is limited. If interest exceeds space, we will give a second presentation.

 

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Sunday Afternoons Summer 2017

Time:2:30 - 4:00 pm

Dates:

11 June

9 July

6 August

10 September

 

 

 

 

Summer and Fall Observatory Tours

Free observatory tour at the Oliver Observing Station - See MIRA's 36-inch professional research telescope, learn some of the unique history that led to MIRA and the Oliver Observing Station (now in its 29th year), and discover how our mountaintop scientific research runs on solar and wind power and collected rainwater.

Voted the best place to watch the stars in Monterey County, the Oliver Observing Station on Chews Ridge is actually one of the best places in the continental U.S. for optical astronomy. High in the Santa Lucia Mountains, an afternoon on Chews Ridge also provides excellent views of the Ventana Wilderness, the Salinas Valley, the Monterey Peninsula , and, on a clear day, the Sierra Nevada.

Road in Carmel Valley. Space is limited so reservations for these free events are required. Please call 883-1000 to make reservations and get directions.

This is a free event for the general public -- be sure to make reservations.

 

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12 August

2017

6 - 11 pm

Friends' Night at the Oliver Observing Station

This year the Friends' night will coincide with the peak of the Perseid meteor shower. Of course we will also be observing star clusters, diverse planetary nebulae, and an errant galaxy or two wiht the 36-inch telescope. The summer Milky Way will make an appearance directly overhead with rich starfields and dark interstellar clouds. As usual, MIRA astronomers will lead the tour of the heavens and answer all those questions about the Universe you've been wondering about.

This is restricted to the Friends of MIRA

Please make reservations as space is limited.

 

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Summer 2016

MIRA Summer Intern Program

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MIRA accepts four to six students for an summer intern program in astronomy. We also accept interns during the school year. Students work on a one-on-one basis with professional astronomers on current research topics such as star formation, gravitational lenses, small solar system bodies, and instrumentation. Recent research has included comet studies using data from the NASA Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) satellite, a program in which MIRA astronomers participate. While most work is at the Marina campus, observing trips to the Oliver Observing Station are part of the program.

Interns are advanced high school students and college students; applications are accepted in March and April but available positions are filled as students are accepted. Call at 883-1000 or e-mail mira at mira dot org for more information.

The high school Student Intern Program is supported in part by the Friends of MIRA.

 

 

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