Summer Solstice Celebration

May 25th, 2017 by

June 20, 2017 @ 11:30 am – 3:30 pm
University of Wyoming Art Museum
2111 Willett Drive
WY 82071
University of Wyoming Art Museum
Summer Solstice Celebration @ University of Wyoming Art Museum

The public is invited to attend the University of Wyoming Art Museum’s annual summer solstice celebration Tuesday, June 20, from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Visitors are encouraged to arrive early at 11:30 a.m. to witness a unique architectural feature where a single beam of sunlight shines through a solar tube in the ceiling of the Rotunda Gallery and illuminates the silver dollar that is set into the center of the gallery’s floor. This event occurs yearly at noon on the summer solstice where visitors are invited to celebrate the longest day of the year and the official beginning of summer.

To continue the excitement the U. S. Postal Service invites you to the official first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the “Total Eclipse of the Sun Forever stamp” that commemorates the August 21 eclipse. The ceremony takes place at 1:30 p.m. in the lobby.

This first-of-its-kind U. S. stamp transforms from an image of the eclipse to the Moon from the heat of a finger and reverts back to the eclipse once it cools. The eclipse and Moon photographs were taken by retired NASA astrophysicist Fred Espenak, aka “Mr. Eclipse.” The back of the stamp pane shows a map of the eclipse path.

The stamps will go on sale nationwide June 20 and may be pre-ordered online at in early June for delivery following the June 20 nationwide issuance. Please share the news using the hashtag #EclipseStamps.

The UW Planetarium is hosting a special show “As Seen from Wyoming: From the Summer Solstice to the Solar Eclipse;” in conjunction with the Art Museum’s Summer Solstice Celebration. The show will explore the motions of the sun and moon across the Wyoming sky and how they come together to create this summer’s celestial phenomena. There will be two showings, at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Planetarium. Tickets are $3 for students and $4 for adults, and can be purchased online at

Free solar glasses will be available at the UW Art Museum and are provided courtesy of the Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium.

Members of the Laramie Astronomical Society and Space Observers, LASSO will have a filtered solar telescope set up on the terrace for visitors to safely view the surface of the sun, until 1:30 p.m.

The UW Geological Museum will be on hand with examples of a rare type of rock called anorthosite, found near Laramie, that closely resemble specimens found on the highlands of the moon, until 3:30 p.m.

The UW Art Museum will have free art making activities located in the Shelton Studio and the Museum Studio. Activities will end at 3:30 p.m.

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