National Parks Posters
2012 Solar Eclipse
The Sun is the source of all light and heat for our world. The food we eat, the plants we chop down
to build our homes and make our fires, all depend on the Sun for their energy to grow. We are all solar
powered. But the Sun is also a star like the millions of stars visible in our national parks. Our Sun, our
planet, and we ourselves were formed out of the same elements that fuel the stars. As the astronomer Carl Sagan said,
"We are star stuff." To understand our Sun is to understand ourselves. On May 20, 2012, the Moon will pass
in front of the Sun for a huge swath of the American southwest and the national parks and monuments it
The following are posters created for U.S. national parks along the path of the
May 2012 Annular Eclipse through the American Southwest. National park rangers are welcome
to use these posters, free of charge, to advertise their eclipse programs. Should parks wish to sell these
posters (or other merchandise bearing these desings) to the public, please have your
affiliated association contact Tyler Nordgren by phone (909-215-8130) or
Items for sale include 13x19 inch prints on heavy semi-gloss paper and 6x4.25 inch postcards in
boxes of 500 or 1000. T-shirts and other items can be arranged.
If you are a ranger who would like a design made for your national park for this event
(or any upcoming event or
program), please contact Tyler Nordgren at the above address or phone number.
The inspiration for these designs comes from the
Works Progress Administration Art program
during the 1930s. For further information on astronomy in the national parks, see Dr. Nordgren's book
Stars Above, Earth Below: A Guide to Astronomy
in the National Parks, on sale now and available in many park bookstores.
Return to Dr. Nordgren's homepage.