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This photo provided by Bob Baer and Sarah Kovac, participants in the Citizen CATE Experiment, shows a "diamond ring" shape during the 2016 total solar eclipse in Indonesia. For the 2017 eclipse over the United States, the National Science Foundation-funded movie project nicknamed Citizen CATE will have more than 200 volunteers trained and given special small telescopes and tripods to observe the sun at 68 locations in the exact same way. The thousands of images from the citizen-scientists will be combined for a movie of the usually hard-to-see sun’s edge. (R. Baer, S. Kovac/Citizen CATE Experiment via AP)

Eclipse viewing event at NMU

MARQUETTE — North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun on Aug. 21. Northern Michigan University’s Physics Department is offering area residents an opportunity to safely view this area’s partial solar eclipse through a telescope equipped with a sun filter at the NMU Observatory Dome.

This free event is scheduled from 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Visitors should enter the rotunda entrance at NMU’s West Science Building and follow directional signs to the catwalk of the Observatory Dome. Overflow visitors will be able to view NASA streaming video of the eclipse in a nearby classroom, according to an NMU release.

The sun filter blocks out more than 90 percent of the sun’s light, according to Dave Donovan, head of the NMU Physics Department.

“I’ve been here 25 years and don’t know when the last total eclipse in Marquette was,” Donovan said. “It takes 18-1/3 years to come back to the same orientation. It takes 56 years to repeat the path again. Things have to align right for this to happen.”

For more information, contact Donovan at 227-2453 or ddonovan@nmu.edu.

Amphibian Adventures on. Aug 23

MARQUETTE — Nicole’s Amphibian Adventures, Part 3: Frogs! will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 23 at MooseWood Nature Center in Marquette.

Kids ages 5-13 are invited to “Hop on in and learn about Michigan’s Frogs!”

The suggested donation is $5/adult or $10/family.

Michigan is home to 14 species of frogs and Nicole will be highlighting and sharing facts about some of them. She will “show and tell” some photographs and take a brief look at the frog life cycle. Youth will also get the opportunity to look around in the former Shiras pool to see if they can find any frogs, weather permitting; wear good shoes.

Nicole will also offer a “frog life cycle” craft project that youth will be able to create and take home with them.

So that there are enough supplies, register with name and the number of children attending to: moosewoodnc@gmail.com by Aug. 22.

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