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NASA’s SOFIA Observatory to study atmosphere of Neptune’s moon Triton

 

NASA Ames Research Center

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationMoffett Field, CA – Researchers on the flying observatory SOFIA, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, are preparing for a two-minute opportunity to study the atmosphere of Neptune’s moon Triton as it casts a faint shadow on Earth’s surface. This is the first chance to investigate Triton’s atmosphere in 16 years.

On October 5th, as Triton passes in front of a faraway star it will block the star’s light in an eclipse-like event called an occultation. During the celestial alignment, the team aboard the specially equipped Boeing 747SP aircraft will make observations of the distant star’s light as it passes through Triton’s atmosphere.

The borders of Triton's shadow across Earth's surface are indicated by black lines on this map, while the orange line is the path of the shadow's center. SOFIA’s flight path is represented by the red line; the point of the crucial, two-minute observation of Triton as it aligns with the star is marked by the airplane. The red and blue dots represent the ground-based telescopes that will also observe Triton. (DSI/ Karsten Schindler (Map data, Google))

The borders of Triton’s shadow across Earth’s surface are indicated by black lines on this map, while the orange line is the path of the shadow’s center. SOFIA’s flight path is represented by the red line; the point of the crucial, two-minute observation of Triton as it aligns with the star is marked by the airplane. The red and blue dots represent the ground-based telescopes that will also observe Triton. (DSI/ Karsten Schindler (Map data, Google))

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Fort Campbell, Hopkinsville partnership shines bright in shadow of the Total Solar Eclipse

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Todd Pouliot
40th Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionHopkinsville, KY – Thousands of people, many visiting from other states and from around the world, converged on Hopkinsville, which dubbed itself “Eclipseville,” August 19th, 2017 in anticipation of Monday’s total solar eclipse.

The city, located 20 miles north of Fort Campbell, hosted its annual Summer Salute Festival August 18th-20th, providing visitors a myriad of food, games, music and activities.

The 101st Airborne Division provided the Big 5 Band that performed, August 19th, as part of its commitment to support the robust relationship it has with Hopkinsville.

Members of the Big 5 Band, of the 101st Airborne Division Band, perform at Hopkinsville, Kentucky’s Summer Salute Festival, Aug. 19. The festival provided a unique opportunity for Fort Campbell and the Hopkinsville community to recognize their mutually beneficial relationship. (Staff Sgt. Todd Pouliot, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

Members of the Big 5 Band, of the 101st Airborne Division Band, perform at Hopkinsville, Kentucky’s Summer Salute Festival, Aug. 19. The festival provided a unique opportunity for Fort Campbell and the Hopkinsville community to recognize their mutually beneficial relationship. (Staff Sgt. Todd Pouliot, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

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Total Solar Eclipse Signals Biggest Day in Clarksville Regional Airport History

 

Clarksville Regional AirportClarksville, TN – The Great American Eclipse of 2017 on August 21st was a once-in-a-lifetime event for many in Clarksville. But for Clarksville Regional Airport it was also a historic milestone that eclipsed all previous single day aircraft traffic records at the public-use airport.

The airport embraced its role as the “front door to Middle Tennessee” and invited people from across the world to fly-in to the facility located near the Tennessee-Kentucky state line to experience the total solar eclipse.

A variety of aircraft, ranging from light-sport aircraft to multi- passenger charter jets, flew into Clarksville Regional Airport August 21st to witness the Great American Eclipse of 2017. More than 160 aircraft landed at the airport to view the eclipse, with planes arriving from as far away as England and Canada.

A variety of aircraft, ranging from light-sport aircraft to multi- passenger charter jets, flew into Clarksville Regional Airport August 21st to witness the Great American Eclipse of 2017. More than 160 aircraft landed at the airport to view the eclipse, with planes arriving from as far away as England and Canada.

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Montgomery County’s RichEllen Park holds Total Solar Eclipse viewing event

 

Montgomery County Government TennesseeClarksville, TN – On Monday, August 21st, 2017, Montgomery County Parks and Recreation held a Total Solar Eclipse viewing event at RichEllen Park. The event started at 10:00am and lasted until 3:00pm. The event was free and open to the public.

Hundreds of people came out to enjoy the park, good food and mingle with neighbors, family and friends. Montgomery Central Little League was manning the concession stand making fresh hamburgers, hotdogs, etc, available for purchase. All proceeds from concessions sales went to the League.

Total Solar Eclipse from Montgomery County's RichEllen Park.

Total Solar Eclipse from Montgomery County’s RichEllen Park.

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APSU’s Fortera Stadium hosts hundreds for the Total Solar Eclipse

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Around 1:25pm on Monday, August 21st, 2017, hundreds of people cheered in the near-dark inside Austin Peay State University’s Fortera Stadium.

APSU hosts Peayclipse, an event for the community to gather and witness a once in a lifetime solar eclipse at Fortera Stadium on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. (Taylor Slifko, APSU)

APSU hosts Peayclipse, an event for the community to gather and witness a once in a lifetime solar eclipse at Fortera Stadium on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. (Taylor Slifko, APSU)

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Austin Peay State University Department of Art + Design releases 2017-2018 exhibition and visiting artist schedule

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – The Austin Peay State University Department of Art + Design recently unveiled its 2017-18 season of exhibitions and visiting speakers.

Generously supported by the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts (CECA), the Department of Art + Design is able to bring nationally and internationally recognized artists and thinkers directly to Clarksville with programming that is free and open to the public.

Austin Peay State University's new Art and Design Building

Austin Peay State University’s new Art and Design Building

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NASA says Hinode Satellite Captured Powerful Total Solar Eclipse Images, Video

 

Written by Molly Porter
NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationHuntsville, AL – As millions of Americans watched the total solar eclipse that crossed the continental United States August 21st, 2017, the international Hinode solar observation satellite captured its own images of the awe-inspiring natural phenomenon as it orbited the planet. Researchers adapted the still images into a time-lapse video presentation.

Among its many solar research tasks, the satellite’s observation of the eclipse was intended to add new data to ongoing scientific study of the coronal structure in the Sun’s polar region and the mechanism of jets of superheated plasma frequently created there.

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City of Clarksville shines as a great place to view Total Solar Eclipse

 

Visitors praise City’s day in the ‘Path of Totality’

City of Clarksville - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – The City of Clarksville played to rave reviews Monday as a great place to experience the Great American Eclipse.

People interested in viewing the rare astronomical event flocked to Clarksville from all across America. Visitors at the City’s Liberty Park and McGregor Park proudly announced where they were from and shared overwhelmingly positive comments about the Queen City on the Cumberland.

Total Solar Eclipse over Clarksville Tennessee.

Total Solar Eclipse over Clarksville Tennessee.

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Montgomery County After Total Solar Eclipse Traffic and Safety Update

 

Montgomery County Government TennesseeMontgomery County, TN – The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse has ended in Clarksville and Montgomery County but the memories of the phenomenon will last a lifetime. The weather was perfect, with no cloud coverage to diminish the magnificence of the sun’s corona. In addition, traffic ran smoothly with minimal incidents during the day.

The Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency worked diligently with agencies such as the American Red Cross, Emergency Medical Services, Clarksville Police Department, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Tennessee Highway Patrol for nearly a year to prepare for the possible influx of people and accidents in the community.

Total Solar Eclipse from Montgomery County's RichEllen Park.

Total Solar Eclipse from Montgomery County’s RichEllen Park.

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AAA says Tennessee Gas Prices Face Upward Pressure

 

Clarksville-Montgomery County has Second Cheapest Gas Prices in Tennessee

AAANashville, TN – Motorists did not have to wait until fall to see gas prices move lower. Instead of following a more traditional upward trend through the second half of August, prices at the pump are retreating.

“Robust fuel supplies pushed retail prices lower last week, but this downward trend may not last much longer” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group.

Solar Eclipse and Refinery Outages put upward pressure on Pump Prices. (AAA)

Solar Eclipse and Refinery Outages put upward pressure on Pump Prices. (AAA)

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