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HCC HOSTS SOLAR ECLIPSE EVENTS

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On Monday, August 21st, 2017 all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Henderson Community College (HCC) is excited to host a solar eclipse lecture and viewing party in the Preston Arts Center. The event will begin with a lecture by HCC Faculty member, Scott Taylor at 10:30 then visitors will have an opportunity to view the eclipse from the parking lot with a Meade Lx-90 Cassegrain reflector that will include a solar filter, allowing observers to view the sun safely.

The presentation, appropriate for all ages and any knowledge level, will focus on different types of eclipses, the sun, the moon, and their relationship with earth. Those in attendance will receive a pair of solar eclipse glasses for the viewing. Maximum coverage for Henderson will be at 1:24 PM.

A solar eclipse is an event which the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or part of the sun for up to about three hours, from beginning to end, as viewed from a given location. For this eclipse, the longest period when the moon completely blocks the sun from any given location along the path will be about two minutes and 40 seconds. The last time the contiguous U.S. saw a total eclipse was in 1979.