Saturday, August 19 - Schedule of Eclipse Events

Saturday, August 19
Total Solar Eclipse Schedule

Sunset 8:18, Dark 9:10

Buildings open 8:30am - 10pm
Grounds OPEN Through the Night
All Programs and events FREE of charge


10:00 a.m. Ryan Paul, Native American Starlore
11:00 a.m. Dr. Bryan Mendez - UC Berkley Space Sciences Laboratory,
Maya Astronomy & the Calendar in the Sky
12:00 p.m. Andrea Jones, NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission
1:00 p.m. Wesley Hedges, Farmers Cooperative - Satellite Farming
2:00 p.m. Ernie Wright, NASA - Creating NASA Visualizations
3:00 p.m. Dr. Bryan Mendez - UC Berkley Space Sciences Laboratory,
Maya Astronomy & the Calendar in the Sky
4:00 p.m. Many Moccasins Dance Troupe
5:00 p.m. Kristen Weaver, NASA GLOBE Observer
6:00 p.m. Zach Berta-Thompson - NASA Exoplanet Studies
7:00 p.m. Dr. Kelsey Young - NASA Astronaut Training

ALL DAY ACTIVITIES at the Education Center

Science On a Sphere® 10:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.

This exhibit features spectacular animations from NASA observations of our Sun, Moon, Earth, other planets, and more. Special digital presentations will take place throughout the weekend. The SOS will be showing a range of programs on a 15 minute schedule.

NASA Visualizations with NASA’s Ernie Wright - Times TBD

Hands on Activities (10-8)

• Ultraviolet Bead activity
• Make a Cornhusk Doll


1:00 p.m. Michael Knisely - Connecting to the Eclipse through Writing
2:00 p.m. Ryan Paul - Native American Starlore
3:00 p.m. Alison Taggert-Barone - Artist in Residence - Photography Walk

8:00 p.m. Informal Star Gazing encouraged throughout the park!

ALL DAY ACTIVITIES at the Heritage Center

Hands on Activities Tent

• Eclipse pinhole viewer (10-8)
• Quilt Block Creation (10-8)
• Make a Button Toy aka Moon Zinger (10-8)
• NASA Activites (10-5)


A who’s who of NASA professionals could be at this tent! Drop on by for NASA information and astronomical conversations.




2:00 p.m.
Kristen Weaver - NASA GLOBE Observer Coordinator
Beatrice Public Library
100 N. 16th Street Beatrice, NE

4:00 p.m.
Andrea Jones, NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission
Gage County Fairgrounds
321 Logan Street Beatrice, NE

Thank You Homestead Partners

Homestead salutes our partners for their part in helping to make this event an extraordinary occasion!

• AmeriCorps • Beatrice Chamber of Commerce Beatrice Fire and Rescue
• Beatrice Police Department • Beatrice Public Library
• Blakely Township • City of Beatrice • Coca Cola • Coffin Family Foundation • Cynthia Levis and Lincoln Quilters • Eastern National
• Educational Service Unit #5
• First Mennonite Church • Freeman High School • Friends of Homestead
• Gage County • Gage County Agricultural Society/Gage County Fair
• Gage County Highway Department • Gage County Sheriff’s Office
• Gage County Tourism • Hevelone Foundation • Homestead Leathernecks
• Humanities Nebraska • Jerry Davison Memorial Fund • Keep Beatrice Beautiful • Main Street Beatrice • LandMark Implement, Inc
.• Lincoln Prairie Astronomy Club
• Metro Community College – Omaha
• Motor Mart-Easy Haul of Beatrice • NASA • National Weather Service
• Network Nebraska • Nebraska Arts Council • Nebraska Cultural Endowment
• Nebraska Department of Transportation • New Mexico State University
• Ponca Tribe of Nebraska • Shuster’s Outdoor and RV Inc.
• Southeast Community College – Beatrice • Tri County High School
• Twin Rivers Chrysler-Jeep- Dodge Inc.• University of Nebraska – Lincoln
• U.S. Postal Service • Volunteers of Homestead • Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska • And park neighbors

Last updated: August 16, 2017

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