UNCA lecturer gets Asheville psyched for solar eclipse

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Christi Whitworth, director of Learning Experiences with the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute, explains how to make a projection device to view the solar eclipse safely without glasses.
Angeli Wright/awright@citizen-times.com

ASHEVILLE – It’s two weeks and counting to the Great American Solar Eclipse.

As the astronomical phenomenon gets closer to the point of darkening the Western North Carolina skies Aug. 21, it’s time to get a little education.

UNC Asheville Senior Lecturer in Physics and Astronomy Judy Beck will present a free lecture “The 2017 Solar Eclipse – Coming Soon to a Sky Near You!” at 7 p.m. Aug. 15 in UNCA’s Humanities Lecture Hall.

Beck will discuss the science and geometry of solar eclipses and give an overview of some important historical eclipses. She also will cover facts and features of the Great American Eclipse and provide tips for viewing, including what to look for and how to observe safely.

UNC Asheville has partnered with the Asheville Museum of Science, Asheville City Schools and Buncombe County Schools to host the Asheville Solar Eclipse Festival from noon-3 p.m. Aug. 21.

Asheville will experience only 99 percent of the solar eclipse. But for those who will be in town, the celebration at Pack Square Park in downtown will provide a festive atmosphere with music, food, and fun hands-on eclipse related activities led by local organizations.

Visit ashevillescience.org/solar-eclipse for more details and satellite locations.

For more information about Beck’s lecture, contact Brian Hart, manager of UNC Asheville’s Lookout Observatory, at rbhart@unca.edu or 828-251-6442.

See more solar eclipse news at http://avlne.ws/2vJn6iw.

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