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MARIA MITCHELL #WSW by Molly Hornbuckle, Marketing Communications Manager

No woman should say, "I am but a woman!" But a woman! What more can you ask to be? With only 19 days until totality hits Nashville for the first time since 1478, I wanted to take this chance to feature one of the original “eclipse chasers,” Maria Mitchell. Born in Massachusetts in 1818, Maria grew up in a large Quaker family and community where they valued education and insisted on giving girls the same quality of education that boys received, as one of the... Read More
Posted by Molly Hornbuckle at 8/2/17 | 0 comments
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WHY IS THE SOLAR ECLIPSE A BIG DEAL? by Marcin Chojnowski, ASC Eclipse Intern

Imagine yourself living thousands of years ago, harvesting crops in a field on a bright sunny day. You think it’s just like any other day, but suddenly the sky starts getting dark. As you look over the horizon, you see a dark sweeping shadow racing towards you. You look up at the sky as absolute darkness begins to engulf the sun and normally invisible stars begin to shine.  The sun, your daily provider of light and warmth, is replaced with a pitch-black circle surrounded by a... Read More
Posted by Molly Hornbuckle at 6/2/17 | 1 comments
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THE LAST ECLIPSE... EVER by Derrick Rohl, Sudekum Planetarium Manager

A Total Solar Eclipse is considered by many to be the greatest sight in nature. Nashville will be lucky enough this August to experience a total eclipse of the Sun – something this area hasn't seen since 1478 (long before Music City ever came to be). A Total Solar Eclipse occurs when the Moon completely blocks the Sun's surface from view. From within the Moon's shadow, you will be able to see the Sun's corona and beautiful prominences, which are typically hidden from... Read More
Posted by Molly Hornbuckle at 5/24/17 | 1 comments
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BIG NUMBERS by Theo Wellington, NASA Solar System Ambassador

I have a background in astronomy, where most of the numbers are, well, astronomically big. So large numbers are not generally something to be feared, and most calculations can really be done by rounding and estimating. No one needs to know the distance to a galaxy in anything other than a couple of billion light years. Let’s play with some numbers… and the upcoming Music City Solar Eclipse . The number everyone wants to know who is planning events is how many... Read More
Posted by Molly Hornbuckle at 5/12/17 | 0 comments
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HAPPY NATIONAL NEAR MISS DAY by Derrick Rohl, Sudekum Planetarium Manager

What's National Near Miss Day, you ask? Well, on this day in 1989, an asteroid almost hit Earth! The asteroid itself is about half a mile across, and was traveling almost 50,000 mph. Named 4581 Asclepius, it passed within 425,000 miles of Earth. That's almost twice the distance of the radius of the Moon's orbit around Earth. But, the asteroid passed through the exact point where Earth was just six hours earlier. A lucky day for Earth indeed, and certainly a close call. 4581... Read More
Posted by Derrick Rohl at 3/23/17 | 2 comments
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