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2017 Idaho Eclipse

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2017 Idaho Eclipse

Our Eclipse Pony Up Campaign ended on June 4, and thanks to you, we raised more than twice what we'd originally asked for, giving us more than $10k - an unbelievable outpouring of support.

In the next few weeks, we will begin contacting people about their thank-you gifts. 

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


Thanks to an incredible outpouring of support we are doing something absolutely unprecedented! Your excitement for the eclipse surpassed our initial campaign timeline and we've been granted a one time, never to be done again, extension to our campaign. We will be able to collect more donations until June 1st at midnight. We need your support to make our outreach even more effective and to reach even more parts of the state! And of course, you'll get special glasses to make sure you too have an amazing eclipse experience!


On the morning of August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will be visible across the continental United States. The Moon’s shadow will also pass through Idaho, and visitors from all around the world will flock to our state.

To prepare for this once-in-a-lifetime event, Boise State is asking for your support to help us work with communities around the state.

The Challenge

This will be the first eclipse visible across the United State since 1979 and the last one visible from Idaho for more than 150 years. For two hours, the Moon's disk will cross the disk of the Sun, completely blotting it out for about two minutes during the height of the eclipse.

The eclipse will be visible to the naked eye, but before and after the total eclipse, viewing the Sun directly can potentially damage the eye. And thousands upon thousands of visitors are expected to come to Idaho, posing significant logistical challenges for small municipalities.

The Plan

Boise State is partnering with local libraries, astronomy clubs, and science museums to organize outreach events all over the state throughout 2017.

With these partners, Boise State will host public presentations about the eclipse and provide eclipse shades for safe viewing. One of Boise State's own, Prof. Brian Jackson, will help organize and lead these efforts.

Here's where you come in: donations to this campaign will cover the costs of travel, materials, and other expenses related to these events. They will also enable Boise State to support our partners in their own outreach efforts.

To reward your generosity, we are offering a variety of gifts, from VIP access to a public astronomy event to a private stargazing party with Prof. Jackson. And perks stack, so if you donate at a certain level, you also get the perks from lower levels, too.

So help Boise State University reach out across Idaho to make the 2017 solar eclipse an eclipse to remember.

Our way
of Thanking You


Eclipse Shades

Five pairs of eclipse shades mailed to your door

490 of 500 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: August 2017


Blog Shout-Out

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

26 of 30 Claimed
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).

8 of 20 Claimed
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.

9 of 10 Claimed
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.

0 of 5 Claimed
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).

1 of 2 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: February 2017
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