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2017 Idaho Eclipse

Raised toward our $5,000 Goal
539 Donors
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Project ended on June 04, at 12:00 AM MDT
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Eclipse Shades Sent

July 18, 2017

Dear Pony Up Supporters,

One more update to let you know that all the eclipse shades were mailed out a few weeks ago. If you have not received your shades, please contact me directly ( to let me know so we can get your shades to you.

Thanks again for your support. One of our recent outreach efforts was at the Discovery Center of Idaho, where we had a capacity crowd so big I lost count at 80. This wouldn't have been possible without your help.

Happy Eclipsing,


Eclipse Shades in the Mail

June 19, 2017

Dear Pony Up Supporters,

Hopefully, you've been able to enjoy the summer weather recently and maybe even had a chance to view the Sun at one of our public outreach events. We were on Boise State's campus just yesterday, talking to folks about the eclipse and using our solar telescopes to observe several solar flares and sunspots - see the attached image.

This week, we are stuffing envelopes to send out your eclipse shades to you. You should receive your orders in the next few weeks. In addition to your eclipse shades, you will also receive a flyer that tells you all about the eclipse, when it will start, how long it will be visible, etc.

If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to contact me via e-mail -

And if you want to come to one of our public events, check out the schedule here - We'll be out at the Idaho Falls Public Library this week.


Brian Jackson

More than we ever expected

June 05, 2017

Our Eclipse Pony Up Campaign ended on Sunday, and thanks to you, we raised more than twice what we'd originally asked for, giving us $10k - an unbelievable outpouring of support from our Boise State community. Just incredible.

In the next few weeks, we will begin contacting people about their thank-you gifts. And don't worry about your eclipse shades - we're going to start sending them out this week.

Thanks so much for making this possible. Your donations will support a wide range of astronomy outreach, including, of course, visits with folks all over our region to discuss the upcoming eclipse.

If you'd like to read more about the outreach events your donations have made possible, visit my research blog at And please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Very gratefully,


Summer Eclipse Tour Begins

May 26, 2017

Dear Boise State Community,

Thanks again to all our donors for your generous support. As of this afternoon (May 26), we have exceed our goal by almost 25%! It's an amazing outpouring of support from people all over the state and all over the world.

With the end of classes, we have begun our eclipse tour around Idaho, talking to folks from Weiser to Idaho Falls about how to safely view the solar eclipse and how to plan for the enormous number of visitors expected to our state.

You can read about those visits on my website,, but here are some excerpts from my travel log:

Your support has already allowed us to speak to students and community members all over the state and to distribute hundreds of eclipse shades.

Thank-you gifts for donations will be coming soon, so stay tuned. And don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions -

Gratefully, Brian

Eclipse Shades Ordered

April 11, 2017

Dear Pony Up Supporters,

Here are Boise State, we are very gratified for your very generous donations to our Eclipse Outreach project.

Thanks to you, we will have a very robust and engaging public outreach effort this summer, reaching folks from all across our state. We've already scheduled several of the trips, with more to come. Keep checking this space for additional details on those events.

I'm also excited to announce that we just placed our order for eclipse shades, giving us nearly 13,000 pairs in total! That's almost 13,000 pairs of eyeballs that will be able to safely enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime event in August.

And if you haven't donated yet, don't worry - there's still time to help out and get your own shades.

Once the shades come in, we'll mail them out to qualified donors as quickly as we can. So keep an eye on your mailbox in the coming months.

Best, Brian

One more week to go!

February 28, 2017

I had a great time talking about the August 21st solar eclipse at the Flying M in Nampa last night, Feb 27. A packed house asked lots of interesting questions about this unique celestial event, and I've posted my presentation here.

Several folks in the crowd kindly donated to our Pony Up Campaign to support additional public outreach, bringing us nearly halfway to our goal. One more week to go!

Thanks to our donors for their support, particularly Joann Mychals, Mark Funaiole, and M Lewis, as well as several anonymous donors.

Don't forget about our public astronomy event on Friday, Mar 3 at 7:30p in the Physics Building, when we'll have Dr. Kaloyan Penev of Princeton join us to talk about his exoplanet research. If the weather's clear, we'll also do some stargazing.

One Week into Idaho Eclipse Pony Up

February 11, 2017

Dear Astrophiles, we’re officially one week into our Pony Up campaign to raise money to support outreach for the solar eclipse in August this year. Things are going great – we’re 20% of the way to our goal of $5k.

Thanks to our many donors and especially to Pam Robbins, Mark & Sharon Johnson, flying m coffeegarage, Scott Watkins, Paul Collins, Cindy Hall, Barbara & Clay Morgan, and several anonymous donors.

To celebrate our progress so far, I’ve arranged for Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova to pass by the Earth this weekend. You can see Comet 45P in the constellation Hercules high in the early morning, eastern sky. It will look like fuzzy bluish-green ball with a fan-shaped tail. The green color comes from glowing carbon gas.

Our way
of Thanking You


Eclipse Shades

Five pairs of eclipse shades mailed to your door

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Estimated Delivery: August 2017


Blog Shout-Out

Prof. Brian Jackson will thank you on his research blog: astrojack -dot- com

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Estimated Delivery: February 2017


Donor Recognition

You will be listed by name as a donor at all public outreach events and in all outreach material (where appropriate).

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Estimated Delivery: August 2017


VIP Stargazing Event

You (and a guest) will be invited to the on-campus observatory for a VIP stargazing event with Prof. Brian Jackson.

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Estimated Delivery: August 2017


VIP Access at Astronomy Event

You (and a guest) will be given behind-the-scenes access to one of Boise State's public astronomy events, scheduled for Mar 3, Apr 7, & May 5.

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Estimated Delivery: May 2017


Astronomer House-Call

Prof. Brian Jackson will make a house-call to stargaze with you and your family and friends (excluding the day of the eclipse itself).

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Estimated Delivery: February 2017
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