Iconic Cockrell Sundial Turns 25
Iconic Cockrell Sundial Turns 25 View the sun through solar telescopes and learn about upcoming eclipses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

WHAT:

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Cockrell Sundial at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. The sundial, which was designed by HMNS and Rice University staff members and opened on the Autumnal equinox of 1989, is unique in the world because of its size and because it casts the image of the sun four times a year. It has been the location used by staff and museum visitors to see some of the most awe-inspiring astronomical events over the years, including the annual equinoxes, the rare transit of Venus across the sun occurring in 2012, meteor showers, eclipses and more.

Solar telescopes around the sundial will be available for the public's use on Monday, and an image of the sun will be projected from about 1:10 to 1:30 p.m. onto the round shadow cast by the gnomon of the sundial. This only happens at the equinoxes and solstices. Experts will also be on hand to distribute information and answer questions about the upcoming total lunar eclipse (Oct. 8) and partial solar eclipse (Oct. 23), both visible from Houston.

 

WHO:

Dr. Carolyn Sumners
, VP of Astronomy and Physics, HMNS

James Wooten, Astronomer, HMNS

Dr. Patricia Reiff, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Rice University

 

WHERE:

Cockrell Sundial, Houston Museum of Natural Science

5555 Hermann Park Drive, 77030

 

WHEN:

Monday, Sep. 22, 1 - 1:30 p.m.

 

HOW:

For more information on the event or to schedule an interview, call Sami Mesarwi at (713) 639-4722 or Melodie Wade at (713) 639-4743.

 

The Houston Museum of Natural Science-one of the nation's most-heavily attended museums-is a centerpiece of the Houston Museum District. With four floors of permanent exhibit halls, including the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center, Burke Baker Planetarium and George Observatory and as host to world-class and ever-changing touring exhibitions, the Houston Museum has something to delight every age group. With such diverse and extraordinary offerings, a trip to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, located at 5555 Hermann Park Drive in the heart of the Museum District, is always an adventure.

 

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