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APSU is committed to serving our community and region as a partner for educational services. Below are 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.

Event Experts

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is working with APSU faculty and students to train volunteers who will be available at viewing sites throughout the community. These individuals will be able to talk about the phenomenon and demonstrate how to safely observe a solar eclipse. 

For large gatherings or media events, faculty from the Department of Physics and Astronomy can be booked to provide lectures on the eclipse.

Do you need someone to talk to your community or organization about the eclipse? Click the link below:

Observatories and Campus 

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, which will be used by visiting scientific scholars. The University also will send a live feed to NASA during the event. A limited amount of dorm space may be available for the scientific community.

For more information about the facilities available, please visit:

Also, if you would like to book space prior to the 2017 Eclipse at APSU, please contact the University through the following form:

Meet the Experts

All requests and communication should be directed to the expert request form:

Spencer L. Buckner, Associate Professor, joined the faculty in 1999 with a B.S. in Engineering Physics, an M.S. in Physics, and a Ph.D. in Physics all from Texas Tech University. His background is in experimental thin film physics of organic and inorganic insulators.  His current interests are in the areas of astronomy and astronomy education.

J. Allyn Smith, Professor, joined the faculty in 2006 with a B.S. in General and Molecular Biology, an M.S. in Space Sciences (Atmospheric Physics), an M.S. in Space Technology (Space Systems Operations), and a Ph.D. in Space Sciences (Astrophysics), all from the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, FL. His background is in observational astrophysics with primary research interests in the late stages of stellar evolution and survey calibration.

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