Residents in the northern Illinois region will be able to see a rare solar eclipse on Aug. 21 around 1 p.m. To celebrate this unique event, NIU STEM Café will host “Solar Eclipse: When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway in Aurora.
Richard Cooler, an NIU professor emeritus of art history and Southeast Asian studies, and archaeoastronomist Christopher Davis, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will share explanations of the solar eclipse from mythologies and scientific reports in ancient cultures. Ryan Hibbett of the NIU Department of English will read a short selection from an essay by Annie Dillard – “Total Eclipse.” Her imagery will provide a view of the eclipse for those who do not have the opportunity to see it during the day. The event is free and open to the public. Food will be available for purchase from Two Brothers Roundhouse.
This event is part of NIU STEM Outreach’s series of monthly STEM Cafés, which are free and open to the public. The STEM Café series is just one of the many engaging events STEM Outreach hosts to increase public awareness of the critical role that STEM fields play in our everyday lives. For more information, call (815) 753-4751 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.