Darkness at Mid-Day – A TOTAL ECLIPSE of the Sun!
Date/Time/Location: Monday, April 10; 7:30pm at The Donut Whole (1720 E Douglas)
Speaker: Jackie Beuchner
Jackie Beucher, an Eclipse-Chaser, will be the presenter of the program on this summer’s total eclipse, which occurs on August 21st, just after 1:00 in the afternoon. Jackie saw her first eclipse on a beach in Hawaii in 1991 and was totally awe-struck. Since then, she has traveled the world to see a total of 11 total eclipses, and the experience has not dimmed. She says that a total eclipse is the most awesome natural phenomenon that you will ever see.
Jackie has been an astronomy enthusiast her whole life due to her father, a TWA pilot, showing the young Jackie the night sky from their driveway in rural Overland Park. She joined the Astronomical Society of Kansas City in 1984, and has been the Treasurer, Secretary, and President. Currently, she is the Vice-President. For 13 years, she was a national officer of the Astronomical League, an international group of astronomical societies. She is currently the Mid-States Regional Sec-Treasurer of the League. The Astronomical Society of KC owns Powell Observatory, built in 1985 in Louisburg, Kansas – a place where the skies are dark. Jackie has been a team leader there for more than 20 years, having developed many of the programs for the public. She has given countless presentations there, and all over the area to schools, libraries, civic groups, etc.
Jackie is also on the national Eclipse Committee of the American Astronomical Society, and will have all the current information regarding the eclipse, from a meeting in S. Carolina on March 31-April 2nd.
In the late 90’s, she began leading tours all over the world to see total eclipses in locations like Greece, Aruba, Australia, Tahiti, China, and Siberia. She says that there is no possible way to make you understand how glorious and exhilarating it is to witness a total eclipse, but she sure is going to try!