In the Moon’s Shadow: The Strange and Rare Occurrence of Solar EclipsesName: In the Moon’s Shadow: The Strange and Rare Occurrence of Solar EclipsesDate: August 20, 2017Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EDTRegistration: Register NowEvent Description:Dr. Louis J. Rubbo, Coastal Carolina University, Dept. of Chemistry and Physics presents “In the Moon’s Shadow: The Strange and Rare Occurrence of Solar Eclipses.”
It’s the middle of a summer afternoon, yet the temperature has just dropped abruptly as the sky darkens, stars and planets become visible in the sky, and insects begin their evening chirps.
This is just some of the strangeness that accompanies a solar eclipse; that rare time when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth. While the Moon appears to block out the Sun, its shadow does not cover all of the Earth, but rather a confined region that slowly drifts across the landscape. For those lucky enough to be within the Moon’s shadow, night is brought to the daytime. In this talk we will delve into the strangeness that is a solar eclipse, discover why they are so rare, and discuss what to expect during the Great American Eclipse of 2017.
About the SpeakerAbout the Speaker:
After earning a bachelor’s degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Dr. Louis Rubbo went on to earn a Ph.D. in physics from Montana State University. His dissertation, titled “Gravitational Wave Astronomy Using Spaceborne Detectors”, modeled the detector response and possible scientific returns from the proposed LISA gravitational wave space mission. Dr. Rubbo spent three years as a postdoctoral scholar at the Center for Gravitational Wave Physics at the Pennsylvania State University. In 2007 he joined the faculty at Coastal Carolina University where he now teaches introductory astronomy and physics along with advanced courses in computational analysis and astrophysics. His areas of expertise include gravitational wave astronomy, general relativity, physics education research, and robotics education. He also serves as the affiliate partner for the FIRST LEGO League Jr and FIRST LEGO League programs in South Carolina.
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