WSC Planetarium Director Scheduled To Host Two Separate Eclipse Presentations

SOUTH SIOUX CITY – Northeast Nebraska residents will have the opportunity to be prepared for the upcoming total solar eclipse taking place in the month of August.

On Monday, August 21 a total solar eclipse will make its way across the state of Nebraska. From Oregon going southeast to South Carolina, several states will experience this eclipse when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, completely blocking the sun’s light. States in-between include Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina.

The line of totality, where the total solar eclipse will last the most in Nebraska, is in Alliance in the western part of the state, Ravenna in the central as well as Beatrice and Falls City in the southeastern corner of the state.

The next total solar eclipse which will come through the United States will be on April 8, 2024 as there’ll will also be an Annular Solar Eclipse on October 14, 2023.

Dr. Todd Young, Director of the Wayne State College Planetarium is set to host a pair of sessions pertaining to the total solar eclipse. The sessions will be held on Thursday, August 10 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. for youth and on Tuesday, August 15 from Noon to 1 p.m. for adults.

Both sessions will take place at the College Center, 1001 College Way in South Sioux City.

The title of  the session is, “Where Will You Be When the Dragon Eats the Sun?” Dr. Young will discuss various mythologies associated with solar eclipses including the Chinese mythology of a dragon dining on the Sun, the astronomy behind solar and lunar eclipses and how to view safely the solar eclipse.

Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. A free pair of disposable solar shades for eclipse safe viewing will be available for each attendee to take home.

For the “Lunch and Learn” audience, members are encouraged to bring their lunch on August 15 with a choice of refreshments provided including coffee, ice tea or water. The South Sioux City Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism as well as Wayne State College will sponsor the lunch and learn event.

Contact Judith Scherer Connealy, Director of Continuing Education and Outreach at 402-241-6406 for more information on College Center and its programs or Dr. Todd Young for information on the eclipse program at or 402-375-7471.

Continuing the summer season of shows, the Wayne State College Planetarium will have two more showings of “The Great American Total Solar Eclipse”. Showings will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 12 and Saturday, August 19 located in the Carhart Science Building on the campus of Wayne State College.

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