What's Hoppening is a regular series highlighting points of interest and events that have taken place or will be taking place in the 515 Taproom.
It is a time to celebrate some Science.
There is a near total eclipse of the sun coming to Iowa on August 21st. In Central Iowa, we will reach 95 to 96% of totality, an amount not seen in 63 years and this is the first total solar eclipse to move from coast to coast in America in 99 years!
We are going to have two events in conjunction with this historic day.
Saturday, August 19th.
Staff from the Science Center of Iowa will be on hand for presentations about the upcoming Eclipse.
The first will be at 11:30 (we will open at 11:00 a.m.) and the second at 1:30 p.m.
You can NOT safely view an eclipse without special equipment. The Science Center will have telescopes, special binoculars and glasses to demonstrate proper safe viewing procedures as well as talk about how eclipses have been "viewed" in the past (hint, it was pretty dire, but we assure you everything gonna be okay this time around. No end of the world dragons are expected in 2017.) This event will be family friendly and, shock, gasp, educational.
Monday, August 21st.
Need a place to go over lunch and enjoy the darkness? We will open at 11:30. We'll have a few things to help safely view the eclipse, but if you are planning on going to an event (The Science Center is setting up at the capitol.) come by afterwords. If you mention that you "Survived the Eclipse" we will give you half off your first pint!
Here are some links and facts:
The eclipse starts in Iowa at 11:42 a.m. It will hit maximum darkness at 1:08 p.m. and end at 2:33 p.m.
What will it look like? Here is a nice link with pictures and video.
Want some good reading on eclipses? Try this article by Dr. Ethan Siegel.