Lights Out in Idaho — NNU's Solar Eclipse Event

Mark your calendars now for an event you won’t want to miss! August 20-21, 2017, the NNU Department of Physics and Engineering is hosting a special event to view the first complete solar eclipse of the 21st Century.

Dubbed the “Great American Eclipse” of 2017, it will have a path of totality that travels across Idaho, which is considered one of the best places from which to view. NNU has reserved Trinity Pines Camp in Cascade, Idaho, ideally located to see the total eclipse, to host a viewing retreat featuring special guest Dr. Jim Zimbelman, class of 1976, of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

Registration & Pricing

Register below as an individual, family or group. At the end of the form you'll be asked to complete your registration in the online store. On-site meals and housing options are available for purchase. No late/on-site registrations for food, housing or event will be accepted.

Pricing Breakdown
$25.00 - Event Registration Fee per each attendee age 13 years and above
$25.00/person - Meals - Price includes Dinner, Breakfast and Lunch
$50.00/person - Housing - Single Occupancy Bed for 1 night (All the housing will be bunks in the dorms/lodges)
$50.00/space - RV Space with Hookups (SOLD OUT)

Registration is now closed.

Schedule for August 20 & 21

2:00 Check-in
5:00 Dinner
7:00-9:00 Presentation – tour of the solar system
10:00 Star gazing

8:00 Breakfast
9:00 Safety meeting – how to view
10:00 Kids build pin-hole viewers
11:00 Live event
12:00 Lunch
2:00 Check-out

Dr. Jim Zimbelman

James R. Zimbelman is a planetary geologist at the Smithsonian’s Center for Earth and Planetary Studies (CEPS), National Air and Space Museum (NASM), a position he has held since 1988. He served as the Chairman of CEPS from 2002 to 2007, as part of a rotating position among the department scientists. He has published more than 95 peer-reviewed manuscripts, more than 450 published abstracts for conferences and workshops, and he co-authored “Dune Worlds: How windblown sand shapes planetary surfaces” (with Ralph Lorenz; published by Springer) in 2014. His research interests include analysis of high resolution imaging data of Mars, geologic mapping of Mars and Venus, studies of lava flows on planetary surfaces, and sand transport processes on Earth and Mars. Prior to coming to the Smithsonian, he was a staff scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas. Dr. Zimbelman received his B.A. in Physics and Mathematics (1976) at Northwest Nazarene University, an M.S. in Geophysics and Space Physics (1978) at the University of California at Los Angeles, and his Ph.D. in Geology (1984) from Arizona State University.

Have Questions?

Contact or call (208) 467-8361

More Information

For more information about the eclipse please visit this page from Sky and Telescope.