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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 14:59

Prepare for the eclipse

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The science of the upcoming solar eclipse will take center stage during a free program at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center at Western Carolina University.

Enrique Gomez, associate professor of astronomy and physics at WCU, will present “The Great American Eclipse of 2017: What to Expect and How to Experience It.” The event will cause a narrow but lengthy swath of North America to experience a period of total darkness during daytime hours on Monday, Aug. 21. 

“My intent for this presentation is to talk primarily about the science of an eclipse and how to experience the eclipse safely,” said Gomez, who has witnessed two total solar eclipses in his lifetime – in Mexico City in 1991 and in Austria in 1999.

This will be the first total solar eclipse on the continental United States since 1979, and the first in Cullowhee since 1506. Astronomers say Cullowhee’s next total solar eclipse won’t be until 2153.

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