“The 2017 Solar Eclipse - Coming Soon to a Sky Near You!” Get Ready with a free talk by Physics Faculty Judy Beck August 15 at UNC Asheville

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Student wearing solar eclipse viewing glasses.

UNC Asheville Senior Lecturer in Physics and Astronomy Judy Beck will present a lecture on the upcoming Great American Eclipse, “The 2017 Solar Eclipse—Coming Soon to a Sky Near You!” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 15 in UNC Asheville’s Humanities Lecture Hall. The event is free and open to everyone.

Beck’s talk comes in advance of the Great American Eclipse, a total solar eclipse which will cross the continental United States on Monday, Aug. 21. Asheville will experience a 99 percent partial eclipse. 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 School and Buncombe County Schools to host the Asheville Solar Eclipse Festival from noon – 3 p.m. on Aug. 21. The community is invited to join in the festivities at Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville 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.