A Very Special Total Eclipse Event will be presented in the Library Community Room the morning of Monday, August 21. Doors will open at 9:00 am for the free program for all ages. By special request, Moonpies (remember those?) will be provided by the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library as refreshments.
At 9:30 a.m. Dr. Bonnie Buratti, a Senior Research Scientist from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and author of the new book “Worlds Fantastic, Worlds Familiar: A Guided Tour of the Solar System” will offer illuminating perspectives on the total solar eclipse taking place that morning. She will also answer audience questions before authoritative coverage of the eclipse from NASA and the Exploratorium in San Francisco is projected onto a giant screen in the Community Room. Special NASA cameras and telescopes will be on the path of totality in Oregon and Wyoming and broadcasting live with authoritative, enlightening commentary.
After her presentation Dr. Buratti will lead audience members outside into the Library Park where they can take turns sharing the eclipse glasses she will bring. All audience members are cautioned against looking at the eclipse –or the sun- without the glasses.
Dr. Bonnie J. Buratti is a Principal Scientist and technical manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, with expertise on the structure and evolution of icy moons and other small bodies. She holds degrees from MIT and Cornell in Astronomy. She is currently serving on the Science Teams for both the Cassini and New Horizons missions, and she is also the NASA Project Scientist for the Rosetta Mission to a comet. The author or coauthor of over 200 scientific papers, Dr. Buratti was awarded the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, and the International Astronomical Union recognized her work by naming asteroid 90502 Buratti after her. She is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.
The Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro Street. No tickets or reservations are necessary.