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Founder of 2017 Eclipse Megamovie Project, produced by Google and UC Berkeley, to Speak at Adventure Science Center on Friday, May 19th

Acclaimed documentary filmmaker, Mark Bender, to discuss the upcoming nationwide, eclipse photography project and how to be a part of the biggest citizen science eclipse project in history

Nashville, Tenn., May 15, 2017—As part of their ongoing, special Eclipse Speaker Series, Adventure Science Center will host a free evening of talk and discussion on Friday, May 19th at 6:30 p.m.  The speaker will be Mark Bender, a founder of the 2017 Eclipse Megamovie Project, a nationwide photography venture and citizen science project produced by Google™ Making and Science Team and University of California, Berkeley. Bender will share the details of the project, the story of its inception, and how amateur and professional photographers, alike, can participate in this ground-breaking endeavor on August 21, 2017.

Bender, a founding member of the Scottish National Film School in Edinburgh, Scotland, is an educator, documentary filmmaker, and solar eclipse chaser. He is best known for his acclaimed 2010 documentary of the Easter Island Eclipse for National Geographic. His latest film, “Eclipse Across America”, chronicles the story of this summer’s event and premieres on June 14th. Bender honed his expertise in eclipse photography and film over the course of 12 different solar eclipse expeditions, travels that led him from the North Pole to all the way down to Argentina. 

By piecing together images collected by thousands of volunteer photographers at various points along the path of this summer’s eclipse, the Megamovie team aims to produce the first high definition, time-expanded video of a solar eclipse. The video will provide continuous datasets that far exceed what one photographer could capture from a single location, where the longest duration of totality possible would be under 3 minutes. 

The endeavor is structured as a citizen science project, a crowd-sourced scientific research project conducted by nonprofessional scientists and volunteers. The Megamovie could unlock a treasure-trove of scientific data about the sun’s faint outer atmosphere, also called the corona.  The video will be available to the public, allowing scientists access to a wealth of new information and offering the potential for new discoveries.

“This won’t be the first time an eclipse has sparked scientific breakthroughs,” said Derrick Rohl, Manager of the Sudekum Planetarium.  “In 1919, a scientific experiment, that could only be performed using the unique bending of light created by a total solar eclipse, was used to test and prove Einstein’s general theory of relativity.”

The Eclipse Speaker Series is one of many eclipse programs and events Adventure Science Center is offering to the public leading up to August 21st. “Our goal is to provide fun, scientific learning around the eclipse, to engage our community in the science event of a lifetime,” said Interim CEO, Tina Brown. “We hope this eclipse will inspire a generation of young people to dream, invent, and explore. We want to show them that with science, the possibilities are endless.”

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For more than 70 years, Adventure Science Center has been bringing science to life for students, teachers and families in Middle Tennessee and across the U.S.  The Science Center offers engaging learning experiences and science fun through hands-on, interactive exhibits; innovative programs; and fulldome productions in state-of-the-art Sudekum Planetarium. Adventure Science Center strives to open every mind to the wonders of science and technology, fostering a better understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

Adventure Science Center is located at 800 Fort Negley Blvd. in Nashville.

For more information about the event, visit or call Alexis McCoy, Director of Marketing and Communications, at (615) 401-5059.

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