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Austin Peay State University Observatory images & NASA Eclipse Video from APSU to be shown at NYC’s Time Square

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – On Monday, August 21st, 2017, the day of the Great American Eclipse, a large digital screen in New York City’s Times Square will broadcast images captured from the Austin Peay State University observatory.

A production crew with NASA TV will be on campus that day, filming the total solar eclipse, because the University is one of the best places in the world to witness the historic event.

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Clarksville is prime location for the Great American Eclipse

 

Clarksville-Montgomery County Residents must take precautions during August 21st event

City of Clarksville - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – Clarksville-Montgomery County is in the path of the Great American Eclipse of August 21st, 2017, making this a prime destination for those who want to view this rare astronomical  occurrence.

This  will be the first coast-to-coast eclipse in 98 years and the first in the continental United States since 1978.  The eclipse can only be seen in a path 60 miles wide across the United States, so this will be a once in a lifetime experience to to witness a fascinating natural phenomenon.

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Austin Peay State University physics student builds Spectrometer for Observatory

 

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – In the middle of the night, a little sliver of light shines from the doorway of the observatory in the remote farmland of the Austin Peay State University Environmental Education Center.

Inside, maybe with a cup of coffee or a soda to keep her awake, is APSU physics student Katie Boedges, waiting for the Cat’s Eye Nebula to appear in the night sky.

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New Observatory Opens at APSU Farm

 

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – Shortly before sunset last Friday evening, a large crowd of stargazers gathered at the Austin Peay State University Environmental Education Center off Pickens Road, hoping to get a good look at the moon or possibly Mars.

The center, also known as the APSU Farm, sits only a few miles from Governor’s Square Mall and is somewhat affected by that area’s light pollution, but as of Friday, it has become the one of the best spots in Clarksville for astronomers to congregate.

That’s because, next to the barns and hay bales, APSU has opened a new observatory with a retractable dome and a 20-inch Ritchey-Chretien telescope, featuring the same optical design as NASA’s Hubble Telescope.

New APSU Observatory offically opens.

New APSU Observatory offically opens.

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APSU to Unveil New Observatory August 19th

 

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – The metal dome sat tucked away in a warehouse on campus. Dr. Spencer Buckner, associate professor of physics at Austin Peay State University, would check on it occasionally, wondering if it would ever sit atop the University’s first observatory.

“We’ve had that dome for five years, six years,” he said. “It sat in the warehouse for almost four years while we tried to find a place to put it.”

Austin Peay State University Observatory.

Austin Peay State University Observatory.

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