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Physics and Astronomy Hosts Eclipse Viewing at the Astronomy Deck & Observatory

Dr. Marco Ciocca watches as Carolyn Schaefer looks through the telescope

August 21, 2017 wasn't an ordinary day at EKU.  Not only was it the first full day of classes for the Fall 2017 semester, but it was also hostFaculty and students view the eclipse form the deck at the Science Bldg. to a spectacular viewing of the solar eclipse.  While solar eclipses generally happen two to three times a year on Earth, this was the first solar eclipse to occur in North America in 26 years.  That made it something special. In Madison County, the eclipse was about 95 percent but if you traveled to western Kentucky you could have had a better view as in Hopkinsville, the eclipse was 100 percent.

The eclipse projected onto paper plate from a telescope

The Department of Physics and Astronomy hosted an eclipse viewing at their Astronomy Observation Deck where they had large telescopes (with solar filters) available for safe viewing of the eclipse.  Dr. Marco Ciocca, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, was available to answer any questions onlookers had.  Each person arriving at the Astronomy Observation Deck also received special eyewear for safe viewing of the eclipse.

After the eclipse, Hummel Planetarium offered a free viewing of its show, "Exploding Universe".Croud at the Astronomy Observation Deck

Published on September 07, 2017

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