Solar eclipse program March 26

Decorah Public Library will host an enlightening evening program centered around the marvels of solar eclipses, presented by Dr. Tim Folkerts on March 26 at 6 p.m. in the library mezzanine.

Folkerts, an Iowa native, esteemed physicist, and seasoned educator will guide attendees through the fascinating world of solar and lunar eclipses. Having nurtured a passion for science from a young age, Dr. Folkerts brings a wealth of knowledge from his academic journey, which includes a double major in Physics and Mathematics from Central College in Pella, and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California at Davis. His career spans research in superconductivity at Iowa State University and educational roles in colleges across Iowa, Kansas, and Indiana, alongside managing a small planetarium in Kansas.

The program will cover a range of intriguing topics, including:

The Cosmic Dance: Understanding the positioning of the sun, moon, and earth required for a solar eclipse, and contrasting this with the more common lunar eclipses.

Eclipses Through Time: Exploring significant past and future eclipse dates, delving into their historical, religious, and cultural significances.

The April Eclipse Path and Timing: Detailing the trajectory and timing specifics of the upcoming solar eclipse.

Safe Eclipse Viewing: Sharing various methods and tips for safely experiencing the wonder of an eclipse.

Library program organizers said the event promises to be an enlightening experience for astronomy enthusiasts and casual observers alike.

For more information, contact the Decorah Public Library or visit

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