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MY PATH TO THE PATH OF TOTALITY by Marcin Chojnowski, ASC Eclipse Intern

I remember it like it was yesterday…  The year was 2013, and I was an undergraduate physics student at Northeastern Illinois University sitting in a small lecture room. All ten members of my class were listening to an astrophysics lecture about the Moon and, incidentally, eclipses.  Our professor went through lecture slides describing different types of eclipses and the celestial geometry of why they happen, when I started wondering when the next total solar eclipse will... Read More
Posted by Molly Hornbuckle at 9/5/17 | 0 comments
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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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HOW WILL SOCIAL MEDIA AFFECT THE TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE? by Marcin Chojnowski, ASC Eclipse Intern

The mid-2000s marked the beginning of a new era for humanity. An era where we consumed and produced information in a way that had yet to be experienced. The era of social media . Since its inception in mainstream society, social media has had a profound impact on our lives. It gives us the opportunity to easily communicate information faster than ever before. Sure, people use it as a way to share selfies, memes and pictures of their pets, but they also use it to share their thoughts and... Read More
Posted by Molly Hornbuckle at 7/17/17 | 0 comments
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STORIES by Theo Wellington, NASA Solar System Ambassador

Humans have been observing the sky – especially the night sky – for thousands of years. The sky was always the same, stars rising and setting in their season. The regular movements of the stars made our first calendar. The sky was also this gigantic canvas on which the dots were connected to form patterns.  Our brains love to see familiar shapes in random things, we see animals in the clouds and we saw animals in the stars.  Over time we drew heroes,... Read More
Posted by Molly Hornbuckle at 7/7/17 | 0 comments
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SOLAR ECLIPSE SAFETY by Marcin Chojnowski, ASC Eclipse Intern

Remember when you were just a kid and adults would tell you to never look at the Sun because you could damage your eyes? That fact will hold true so long as the Sun shines in our sky. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule so that you can SAFELY view the Sun during the partial stages of a solar eclipse. Before explaining safe viewing methods, let’s discuss items that should NOT be used to view a solar eclipse.  NEVER USE THE FOLLOWING ITEMS TO WATCH THE... Read More
Posted by Molly Hornbuckle at 6/30/17 | 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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