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Carolina Science Cafe | Life under a Solar Eclipse

April 2 @ 6:00 pm 7:00 pm

Extraordinary Darkness: How Animals Respond to Solar Eclipses

Join us for our next installment of the Carolina Science Cafe, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center’s free, current science awareness program. For the April cafe, we will welcome Dr. Lisa Paciulli and Dr. Adam Hartstone-Rose from NC State University to discuss wildlife under a solar eclipse. This event is a part of the North Carolina Science Festival, a statewide, month-long celebration of science.

Until the “Great American Eclipse” of 2017, the only broad study of animal behavior during a solar eclipse was conducted during an eclipse that passed through New England in 1932 – all other descriptions were fairly anecdotal, and many were contradictory. In 2017, Dr. Hartstone-Rose’s lab did a study of how 17 species of animals at a zoo on the path of totality reacted to this phenomenon, and the results were amazing! Come learn about which animals reacted to the eclipse, how they reacted, and what their plans are for the eclipse happening on April 8th – including how you can contribute to the research!

Designed for adults, this program explores science topics making national and international headlines and offers the chance to meet the experts behind the headlines. The Carolina Science Café is hosted at Haw River Tab & Table in Carrboro on Tuesday, April 2nd, starting at 6:00 p.m. with light appetizers available for all attendees.

About The Lab

The Hartstone-Rose Lab studies functional morphology and comparative anatomy in vertebrates. They examine the relationship between anatomical form and behavioral functions through studies of animal behavior, soft-tissue muscle dissections and analysis, and morphological analysis of the craniodental anatomy of both extant and extinct species. Beyond their morphological research, they have several funded projects aimed at broadening participation in STEM.

Learn More: Dr. Hartstone-Rose Research Lab (

Carolina Science Cafe is produced by Morehead Planetarium and Science Center and sponsored by the UNC Chapter of Sigma Xi.

You do not need to register…just show up!


Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

Haw River Tap & Table

300 E Main St C, , NC 27510
Carrboro, North Carolina 27510 United States
(919) 391-6788
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