Lectures and Special Events

Aurora and Eclipse in 3D

March 24, 2018

visualization of sun interacting with earth's magnetosphere

From eclipses to the aurora borealis, beautiful interactions between our Sun and Earth have captivated curious minds for millennia. Join Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart, NASA solar scientists Masha Kuznetsova and Leila Mays, and Jon Linker, Predictive Science Inc., as they explain these phenomena and the science behind them. This program includes visualizations of the Sun and Earth’s entwined magnetic fields, NASA observations from the August 2017 total solar eclipse, and a screening of Aurora Borealis, a 3D film directed by Ikuo Nakamura.


The American Museum of Natural History gratefully acknowledges Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and the PoLAR Partnership for their participation in Sun-Earth Day.

Special Thanks International Ocean Discovery Program, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, NASA Solar System Ambassador Program, New York Cares, Museum Volunteers, the New York Public Library, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and The Story Pirates.

The PoLAR Partnership is supported by a generous grant from the National Science Foundation (DUE-1239783).

Support for Hayden Planetarium Programs is provided by the Schaffner Family and the Horace W. Goldsmith Endowment Fund.

The material contained in the presentation, Aurora and Eclipse in 3D, is funded in part by NASA under award No NNX16AB93A.  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.