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To those of you who have given to our Pony Up Campaign, thanks very much. We have raised more than $3,000. We are very gratified for your very generous donations to our Eclipse Outreach project.

Thanks to you, we will have a very robust and engaging public outreach effort this summer, reaching folks from all across our state. We’ve already scheduled several of the trips, with more to come. Keep checking this space for additional details on those events.

I’m also excited to announce that we just placed our order for eclipse shades, giving us nearly 13,000 pairs in total! That’s almost 13,000 pairs of eyeballs that will be able to safely enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime event in August.

And if you haven’t donated yet, don’t worry – there’s still time to help out and get your own shades.

Once the shades come in, we’ll mail them out to qualified donors as quickly as we can. So keep an eye on your mailbox in the coming months.

And special thanks to donors Tracy Landauer, Justin McGilvery, and Robert Jahn.


UPDATE (2017 Mar 9)

Due to popular demand, we have re-opened the Pony Up Campaign! If you still need eclipse shades, please donate to help our outreach program.

2017 Idaho Eclipse

On the morning of August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will be visible across the continental United States. The Moon’s shadow will also pass through Idaho, and visitors from all around the world will flock to our state.

To prepare for this once-in-a-lifetime event, Boise State is asking for your support to help us work with communities around the state.

The Challenge

This will be the first eclipse visible across the United State since 1979 and the last one visible from Idaho for more than 150 years. For two hours, the Moon’s disk will cross the disk of the Sun, completely blotting it out for about two minutes during the height of the eclipse.

The eclipse will be visible to the naked eye, but before and after the total eclipse, viewing the Sun directly can potentially damage the eye. And thousands upon thousands of visitors are expected to come to Idaho, posing significant logistical challenges for small municipalities.

The Plan

Boise State is partnering with local libraries, astronomy clubs, and science museums to organize outreach events all over the state throughout 2017.

With these partners, Boise State will host public presentations about the eclipse and provide eclipse shades for safe viewing. One of Boise State’s own, Prof. Brian Jackson, will help organize and lead these efforts.

Here’s where you come in: donations to this campaign will cover the costs of travel, materials, and other expenses related to these events. They will also enable Boise State to support our partners in their own outreach efforts.

To reward your generosity, we are offering a variety of gifts, from VIP access to a public astronomy event to a private stargazing party with Prof. Jackson. And perks stack, so if you donate at a certain level, you also get the perks from lower levels, too.

So help Boise State University reach out across Idaho to make the 2017 solar eclipse an eclipse to remember.

The Super Blood Moon from Boise State's campus.

The Super Blood Moon from Boise State’s campus.

We had a HUGE event last night on campus at Boise State. No precise estimates, but I’d guess we had a few hundred people show up for the eclipse, as well as Lacey Darrow of Channel 6. It was an amazing experience. Thanks to everyone for attending.

Our Pony Up Campaign made its initial goal on Saturday morning, only halfway through the campaign. So we’re trying for a stretch goal of $2,000 to pay for wifi at our observatory. Wifi will significantly enhance our public outreach events and instructional efforts. It would also allow us to more easily stream live footage from our telescopes during public events. The campaign will run until Oct. 14.

And thanks to Lynne Barnes for supporting us.

Lunar_eclipse_April_15_2014_California_Alfredo_Garcia_Jr1Join the Boise State Physics and Astronomy Club on the top of the Brady State Garage on Boise State’s Campus to view the last total lunar eclipse until 2018.

The eclipse occurs on Sunday, Sep 27, and the viewing event runs from 7pm till midnight. The Boise State Physics Dept. will provide telescopes, and visitors are encouraged to bring chairs. Contact Prof. Brian Jackson with questions.

And thanks to Pam Robbins, Susan Steffes-Ferri, Memo Cordova, & Mike Kennedy for supporting our PonyUp Campaign to bring back the Boise State Observatory.

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