The-Sculptor-GalaxyThe Sculptor Galaxy

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (8/23/14) — The Hopkinsville-Christian County Convention & Visitors Bureau will host a solar astronomy observing event at the Trail of Tears Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 30.

The event will educate and familiarize everyone with safe solar viewing techniques in anticipation of the Solar Eclipse which will occur in just under 3 years on Aug. 21, 2017. It will also highlight observing our nearest star, the Sun, near the peak of its approximately eleven year solar cycle.

“The Astronomy Channel”, an award-winning mobile observatory from Brentwood, Tenn., was originally designed in 2005 by Lonnie Puterbaugh and has gone through many upgrades since that time. Lonnie is an electrical engineer professionally and an ambassador for both the National Space Society and the Von Braun Astronomical Society.

Several very high-quality solar telescopes will be setup to view multiple layers of the sun in different frequencies of light and they will utilize the Sun’s energy to keep them pointed at the Sun. Unlike most observatories and telescopes, The Astronomy Channel is designed to be wheelchair-accessible for ADA compliance through the use of video cameras and large displays that serve as eyepieces. Even those wearing glasses and with poor eyesight can observe with the technology provided by this system.

High-Powered-TelescopeHigh Powered Telescope

In addition the Astronomy Channel and Dr. Spence Buckner, Associate Physics Professor at Austin Peay University will display some meteorites including a 16 pound nickel-iron meteorite that landed on Earth over 5000 years ago and is known to be only a very tiny piece of a specimen that broke up and landed in Argentina. The meteorite itself may predate the Earth at over 4.5 Billion years of age. This event is ideal for all age groups and is free to attend.

The Astronomy Channel will make available a limited number of handouts about our Sun and NASA solar observing missions provided free by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. This literature is geared to students learning about and making reports on the Sun and how NASA is using technology to study the Sun to protect life on Earth.

Everyone is invited to attend this event that will be located near the Pow Wow grounds at 100 Trail of Tears Drive.

SurfKY News
Information provided by Cheryl Cook

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

GPD Conducting Safety Checkpoints

GREENVILLE, Ky. (9/2/15) — Greenville Police Department will be stepping up traffic enforcement and conducting traffic… Read More

Blood Drive Boosts Blood Bank Deposits

Kentucky Career Center hosted a blood drive for Baptist Health Blood Bank on Monday, Aug. 31 Read More

Most Read This Week

August 31, 2015 6763

Man Convicted of Hopkins Countian's Death Granted…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
September 02, 2015 5857

Madisonville Gaining Two New Businesses

by Ron Sanders
August 30, 2015 3968

UPDATED: 'He Fought the Law ... but, the Law Won'

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
September 02, 2015 3007

Investigation Leads to Meth Trafficking Charge

by SurfKY News
August 30, 2015 2571

Happenings, Meetings Listed for Following Week

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

August 06, 2015 19370

Muhlenberg Woman Reportedly Suffers Violent…

by SurfKY News
August 24, 2015 12144

Teen Reports Slasher Attempted to Attack Him on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

September 02, 2015 5857

Madisonville Gaining Two New Businesses

by Ron Sanders
September 02, 2015 3007

Investigation Leads to Meth Trafficking Charge

by SurfKY News
September 02, 2015 2453

UPDATE: Missing Teen Located

by SurfKY News
September 02, 2015 2239

Woman Allegedly Passed Out at Wheel Charged with…

by SurfKY News
September 02, 2015 1801

Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted - September 2, 2015

by SurfKY News
September 02, 2015 1161

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released -…

by SurfKY News
September 02, 2015 1095

Gov. Beshear's Statement on County Clerks,…

by SurfKY News
September 02, 2015 1050

Hopkins County Sheriff's Reports Released

by SurfKY News
September 02, 2015 1006

Blood Drive Boosts Blood Bank Deposits

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
September 02, 2015 971

GPD Conducting Safety Checkpoints

by SurfKY News