2017 Events


May 24 2017

Jackson, WY

June 19 2017

Lincoln, NB

June 21 2017

Ravenna, NB

June 22 2017

Grand Island, NB

June 23 2017

Grand Island, NB

June 23 2017

Grand Island, NB

June 26 2017

Grand Island, NE

June 27 2017

University of Nebraska at Omaha

July TBD 2017

Belfast, UK

July 28 2017

Cork, Ireland

Aug 16 2017

Casper, WY

Aug 18-23 2017

Teton Village, WY

24 May 2017 – Web Presentation


Location: Jackson, WY

The Town of Jackson and Teton County, Wyoming are collaborating to streamline support functions and lessen community impact of increased visitors during August 21, 2017s Total Solar Eclipse.

County- wide education and sharing of essential information from key locations, businesses and community stakeholders will help drive awareness and any aid needed for a successful natural event. Teton Eclipse’s Total Community Event on May 24, 2017 facilitates a free, public stage bringing together government agencies, businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals for collective planning, preparation, conduct and recovery for this once-in-a-lifetime occurrence…

19 June 2017 – Public Lecture


Location: Lincoln NEBRASKA

Title:  Total Eclipse:  Not just for geeks and bearded men with telescopes.

A veteran eclipse expert says that everyone should see a total solar eclipse at least once in their lives – and she will preview the one that is coming to Lincoln in August. Dr Kate Russo is an author, Psychologist and eclipse chaser who has seen ten total eclipses in locations all around the world. She will speak at 7:30 p.m. June 19th at Henzlik Hall, on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. Her presentation will be free and open to the public and is presented by Hyde Memorial Observatory as part of its 40th-anniversary celebration.

Russo researchers the total eclipse experience is an expert in community eclipse planning and features regularly in the media prior to every eclipse. She has published three books on eclipses, and her latest, Being in the Shadow, to be released June 8, is essential reading for people living in the path of totality.

Lincoln will experience its first total solar eclipse in over 500 years on August 21 at approximately 1:02 p.m. Astronomers and community groups including Hyde Observatory have been planning for the event for over a year. Russo’s appearance is part of the observatory’s public education and outreach on the eclipse.

Hyde Memorial Observatory in Lincoln’s Holmes Park opened in 1977. It was built with funds from private contributions and donated to the city of Lincoln. The observatory is one of a few in the United States totally dedicated to public viewing through telescopes and astronomy education. It is staffed entirely by unpaid volunteers from Lincoln’s amateur and professional astronomy community. The observatory is open every Saturday night throughout the year and admission is free.

21 June 2017 – Public Lecture


Location: Ravenna NEBRASKA

Title:  Total Eclipse:  Not just for geeks and bearded men with telescopes

6pm – Ravenna City Auditorium- Presentation to Community (streamed live) followed by Q&A , will include silent auction and $5 charge for entry, light refreshments will be served.  Followed by book signing.  Website link to come

22 June 2017 – Eclipse Planning Event


Location: Grand Island NEBRASKA

Details to Come!

23 June 2017 – 3pm – 5pm – Eclipse Open House with Dr Kate


Location: Kinkaider Brewing, 316 N. Pine Street, Grand Island

There’s a total eclipse coming to Grand Island, big deal, right?

Yes, it is a big deal. Dr Kate Russo advises and writes about how communities can prepare for total eclipses (which are very different than partial eclipses).

She is absolutely totally addicted to eclipses. Come and eat some hors d’oeuvres on us and ask her a few questions about the darkening of the sun.


23 June 2017 – 7pm-9pm   Lecture:  the Eclipse Experience


Location: CCC Grand Island,3134 W. Highway 34
Grand Island, NE

The Total Eclipse will pass through 12 states with Grand Island being the largest city in Nebraska with an anticipated two minutes and 34 seconds of viewing. What do you expect when you experience your first eclipse?

For more information, contact Judy Weston at (308) 398-7445; toll-free in Nebraska at 1-877-222-0780, ext. 7445; or elsgi@cccneb.edu. She also will take your registration if you prefer not to register online.

26 June  2017 – 7pm-9pm – Lecture


Location: CCC Grand  Island, 3134 W. Highway 34, Grand Island, NE

In this presentation, you will learn about what happens when the Moon moves between the Sun and Earth, causing a total solar eclipse.  You will know what to expect on August 21st, and how you can plan for your day.

For more information, contact Judy Weston at (308) 398-7445; toll-free in Nebraska at 1-877-222-0780, ext. 7445; or elsgi@cccneb.edu. She also will take your registration if you prefer not to register online.

27 June 2017 – 6.15pm – Free Public Lecture


Location: University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) campus, College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building, Room 101.

Eclipse expert and psychologist Dr. Kate Russo will provide a free lecture on the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) campus Tuesday, June 27, to discuss what it is like to experience a total solar eclipse.

Russo’s lecture comes just two months ahead of the first total solar eclipse to cross the entirety of the United States in nearly a century.

The public is encouraged to attend the lecture, which will take place at 7 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service building, Room 101. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. and parking will be made available in both of the Dodge Campus parking garages as well as general-use surface parking stalls.

A clinical psychologist by trade, Russo experienced her first total solar eclipse in 1999 and never looked back. The experience has since led her to “chase” ten solar eclipses across the world that have reached 100 percent coverage – or totality.
Russo is a nationally-recognized public speaker and author whose interest stems from understanding the impact of a total solar eclipse on human emotions and relationships with the world around them. Her visit to UNO will be the last on a cross-state tour of Nebraska, which will be one of the best places in the country to view the eclipse.

Earlier this month, Russo recently published a book on the topic of the solar eclipse experience titled “Being in the Shadow.”

The lecture is being sponsored by UNO’s Mallory Kountze Planetarium andOmaha Astronomical Society.

Solar glasses provided by the Mallory Kountze Planetarium will be available for sale at Tuesday’s event.

July TBD 2017 – Belfast Book Launch


Location: Belfast, UK

Book launch party!!  Date to be confirmed. Help me celebrate the launch of my third book Being in the Shadow: Stories of the first time total eclipse experience. I’m currently planning to deliver a presentation about the up-coming eclipse in 2017, followed by a celebration of the launch of my third book. DETAILS NOT YET CONFIRMED – watch this space

28 July 2017 -Space University – Web Presentation


Location: Cork, Ireland

Space is coming to Ireland! Commencing on 26th June until 25th August 2017 Cork Institute of Technology, CIT’s Blackrock Castle Observatory and Ireland will play host to the International Space University’s exciting Space Studies Program (SSP). This intense and unique program will gather over 100 of the world’s future space leaders from over 30 different countries for an educational experience like no other.

16 August 2017 – AstroCon


Location: Casper, WY

To help celebrate the total eclipse of the sun on Monday, August 21st, 2017, the Astronomical League will hold its annual national convention in the days leading up to the event. Casper Wyoming will host the conference as the eclipse path goes right through the city.
The Astronomical League was organized on November 15, 1946 under the leadership of Dr. Harlow Shapley. At present, the Astronomical League is a federation of 280+ astronomical societies throughout the United States and several foreign countries. It is one of the largest general astronomical organizations in the world.

National Conventions take place yearly in various locations throughout the country over a four-day period starting on Wednesday and ending with an awards banquet on Saturday. There are lectures/presentations and workshops scheduled mornings and afternoons each day, astronomy related tours of nearby facilities, and a vendor area. These conventions provide a unique opportunity for professional astronomers to intermingle with knowledgeable amateurs; gathering together to learn from each other and exchange ideas.

ASTROCON 2017 (Astronomical Convention) will be held at the Parkway Plaza Hotel Convention Centre in Casper, Wyoming, Wednesday, August 16th through Saturday, August 19th, 2017. In addition to the lectures/presentations and workshops, are social events: the Star-B-Q and Gala Awards Banquet including a special keynote speaker. Well-known vendors will also be on hand to display a multitude of astronomical products and provide expert advice.

The public will be invited to visit the vendor displays the full length of the convention. Vendor representatives and other astronomy enthusiasts will be available to answer questions on many astronomical topics, especially how to best experience a total eclipse of the sun.

18-23 August 2017 -Tour Leading – The Independent Traveller


Location: Teton Village, WY

We are offering Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks for wildlife and exquisite nature, coupled with professional input from local astronomers and Dr Kate Russo. Add to that, 5* luxury resort accommodation and you have an unbeatable combination. NOTE: THIS TOUR IS SOLD OUT.