Adventure Science Center to host free presentation with nationally known eclipse expert, author
NASHVILLE, March 9, 2016—What will cause Nashville’s sky to go dark in August 2017? Adventure Science Center invites the public to find out on Saturday, April 2, at 1 p.m. during a special presentation about the coming solar eclipse.
For more information, visit www.adventuresci.org/eclipseday. The presentation is free and open to the public.
Andrew Fraknoi, nationally known author and astronomy expert, will reveal Nashville’s special role in the total solar eclipse occurring on Aug. 21, 2017. In this illustrated, nontechnical talk, Fraknoi will describe how eclipses work, why they are one of nature’s most spectacular sights, exactly when and where the eclipse of 2017 will be visible, and how to observe the eclipse and the Sun safely. He will discuss some of the scientific discoveries that have been made during eclipses and preview what’s being planned for 2017.
In addition to Fraknoi’s presentation, Adventure Science Center will offer special space-themed activities on April 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., which are included with paid general admission. Activities will encourage guests to act like scientists as they investigate the life stages of stars, explore our own solar system’s star, and analyze how the sun powers life on Earth.
Limited seating is available for the free presentation at 1 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests of the presentation are not required to purchase a general admission ticket to the Science Center. However, anyone who would like to enter the main exhibit area before or after the presentation must purchase a general admission ticket.
About the 2017 Solar Eclipse
On Aug. 21, 2017, a total eclipse of the Sun will be visible only in the U.S., and most of Middle Tennessee will be in the “path of totality” – where day will turn to night for approximately two minutes, with stars and planets visible in the sky above. “Eclipse chasers” from across the globe are expected to travel to Nashville and other areas in the eclipse path, which is only about 60 miles wide and will stretch from Oregon to South Carolina.
Skywatchers and the public alike are urged to start preparing now for the eclipse. Safe viewing techniques are important to avoid eye damage. More information is available at www.MusicCityEclipse.com.
About Andrew Fraknoi
Andrew Fraknoi is the chair of the astronomy department at Foothill College and the co-author of Solar Science: Exploring Sunspots, Seasons, Eclipses, and More (2016, National Science Teachers Association), a new book for middle school teachers. He also wrote Disney’s Wonderful World of Space, a book for kids, and is the lead author on Voyages through the Universe, a popular college astronomy textbook. He appears regularly on local and national radio, explaining astronomical developments in everyday language and was named California Professor of the Year in 2007 by the Carnegie Endowment for Higher Education. The International Astronomical Union has named Asteroid 4859 Asteroid Fraknoi to honor his contributions to the public understanding of science.
About Adventure Science Center
For 70 years, Adventure Science Center has brought science to life for students, teachers and families in Middle Tennessee, Southern Kentucky, Northern Alabama and beyond. The Center offers hands-on, interactive exhibits and engaging programs that encourage visitors of all ages to explore how science is relevant in their lives. Adventure Science Center encourages imagination and curiosity in a fun, dynamic learning environment. For more information, call (615) 862-5160 or visit www.adventuresci.org.