Sunday, August 20 - Eclipse Event Schedule

Sunday, August 20
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


1:00 p.m. Zach Berta-Thompson - NASA Exoplanet Studies
2:00 p.m. Ready Jet Go! program with Dr. Amy Mainzer and the Ready Jet Go! Band.
An autograph session will follow at the Ready Jet Go! Tent.
3:00 p.m. NPS Ranger - Homestead Connections
3:30 p.m. Dr. Kelsey Young - NASA Astronaut Training
4:30 p.m. Ready Jet Go! program with Dr. Amy Mainzer and the Ready Jet Go! Band.
An autograph session will follow at the Ready Jet Go! Tent.
5:30 p.m. NPS Ranger - Homestead Connections
6:00 p.m. Nicky Fox - NASA Solar Probe Plus Spacecraft
7:00 p.m. Lindley Johnson- NASA Planetary Defense

ALL DAY ACTIVITIES at the Education Center

Ready Jet Go! Tent - 12:00 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Check out this tent for out of this world activities and give aways!

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. Each program is expected to last approximately 3-5 minutes.

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. Ryan Paul, Native American Starlore
2:00 p.m. Michael Knisely - Poet/Writer - Eclipse Connections through Writing
3:00 p.m. Alison Taggart-Barone - Artist in Residence, Photography Walk

8:00 p.m. Informal stargazing is encouraged throughout the park!


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.
Frank O'Brien - NASA Living in Space: Life on the ISS
Beatrice Public Library
100 N. 16th Street Beatrice, NE

4:00 p.m.
Lindley Johnson - NASA Planetary Defense
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 18, 2017

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