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The next total eclipse will take place on Aug. 21, 2017, and Austin Peay State University, in Clarksville, Tennessee, is the ideal place to witness this extraordinary celestial event. That’s because the city is located along the eclipse’s path of totality, meaning it will go dark in Clarksville for about two minutes, and it is the only place near the centerline of the eclipse with a significant astronomy program. The APSU Department of Physics and Astronomy has an observatory with a 20-inch Ritchey-Chretien telescope, featuring the same optical design as NASA’s Hubble Telescope, and a respected faculty eager to help visitors get the most out of this once-in-a-lifetime event.

Dr. Alex King, Chair of the Physics and Astronomy Department, provides an overview of planned events and outreach from Austin Peay State University for the August 21, 2017 solar eclipse. 

The APSU Department of Physics and Astronomy is training students to serve as eclipse guides stationed at parks throughout the city. The University’s Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education is making sure local students get to take full advantage of this rare event. On June 21, 2016, the College hosted an educational summit, “Preparing for the Big Event,” which provided elementary and middle school teachers from across Middle Tennessee with ways to incorporate the eclipse into subjects such as science, mathematics, language arts and music. In the summer of 2017, the College will host a summit for high school teachers. 
APSU is committed to serving our community and region as a partner for educational services. Click on Services to view some of the services we will provide to our region and to visitors to the area during the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017.
APSU will host several public events leading up to the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. Check this page regularly as more events will be added throughout the year. Have an event to share? Please email baileyk@apsu.edu with your event.
Visit the University's News & Media area to keep up with the latest information on the 2017 solar eclipse. 

Header Images: Eclipse map/figure/table/predictions courtesy of Fred Espenack, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center.

Mural Image courtesy of APSU Student Mary Sencabaugh (Art/Physics and Astronomy) in Sundquist Science Center B313.