The Great American Solar Eclipse of August 2017

August 20, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
Rock Creek Station State Recreation Area
57426 710 Road
NE 68352
Rock Creek Station State Historical Park

Join us at Rock Creek Station State Recreation Area at the campground picnic shelter on Sunday – August 20th for a program by Gregory Snow.  The program is entitled the Great American Solar Eclipse of August 2017.


Around midday on Monday, August 21, 2017, a total eclipse of the sun will occur across the state of Nebraska, with darkness lasting up to two and a half minutes, depending on location. University of Nebraska physics professor, Gregory Snow, will explain in simple terms what causes a solar eclipse, one of the rare and most exciting astronomical events we experience here on earth. He will contrast what causes solar eclipses to lunar eclipses. Snow will review solar eclipses which have occurred in the recent past, and he will explain when this rare alignment of the sun, the earth, and the moon will happen again in the future. The presentation will be non-technical and enjoyable for everyone from children to adults.


Gregory Snow is a professor of physics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). He received his bachelors degree in physics at Princeton University in New Jersey and his PhD degree at the Rockefeller University in New York City. He was an assistant professor at the University of Michigan in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. Snow founded the experimental high-energy physics research group at UNL in 1993. The research group works at the Large Hadron Collider at the CERN particle accelerator laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland. The group collaborates on one of the two experiments which announced the discovered the Higgs boson in July 2012, a fundamental particle crucial to our understanding of why subatomic particles have the masses they do.

Guest are encouraged to bring a lawn chair to the program.

A Park Entry Permit is required.