Professor to explain significance of solar eclipse
Clay County residents will have the opportunity to attend a free educational eclipse program presented by Western North Carolina University Associate Professor of Astronomy and Physics, Enrique Gomez.
The free event will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 18 at the Peacock Playhouse. It is made possible by the Clay County Chamber of Commerce and the Clay County Travel and Tourism Board.
Gomez will present a slide show and share information to help the public understand the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse.
The lecture will be similar to one he gave at WCU in April called, “The Great American Eclipse of 2017: What to Expect and How to Experience It.” Gomez has witnessed two total solar eclipses during his lifetime, one in Mexico City in 1991 and one in Austria in 1999. He enjoys discussing the science of an eclipse, as well as how to experience one safely.
“This will be the first total solar eclipse across the continental United States since 1979,” Gomez said on WCU's Web site. “I will explain the peculiarities of solar eclipses of the Earth-moon system, discuss geometric and atmospheric effects that can be expected during this event and share proper observing techniques for a memorable, as well as safe, viewing experience.”
Clay County will be experiencing more than 2 minutes of total darkness, making it a desirable viewing location.
The Aug. 21 total solar eclipse has been named “The Great American Solar Eclipse” because it will trek a narrow path all the way across North America from coast to coast and much of the country will experience a period of total darkness during daytime hours.