A Must-See: The Great American Solar Eclipse
Meet Larry Marschall at the Appalachian Trail Museum for this program to discuss the solar eclipse taking place on August 21.
Larry is an active professional astronomer and a volunteer at the Appalachian Trail Museum. On a side note, he is also a talented banjo player.
Total eclipses of the sun are among the most wondrous and awe-inspiring of celestial events, but none has been visible in the continental United States since 1979. Eclipse chasers normally have to travel to exotic spots like Siberia, Southern Africa, or Central America to experience a few minutes of blissful darkness, but we are fortunate, this year. On August 21, 2017, the shadow of the moon will sweep across the entire United States from Oregon through the midwest to South Carolina over the course of an hour and a half. In this colorfully illustrated talk, we'll explore the astronomical nature of solar eclipses, their historical significance, and their significance in the scientific age. We'll also give tips on how and where to view the eclipse and what to watch for before, during, and after totality.