Movies in the Park to feature APSU PeayClipse talk on “The Secret Lives of Astronomers”
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Movies in the Park to feature APSU PeayClipse talk on “The Secret Lives of Astronomers”

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – As part of the ongoing PeayClipse lecture series, Austin Peay State University faculty member Dr. J. Allyn Smith will present a talk titled, “The Secret Lives of Astronomers” at 7 p.m. on July 22 during the City of Clarksville’s Movies in the Park Series, at McGregor Park. The talk will take place prior to the evening’s featured film, “The Secret Lives of Pets.”

The talk will focus on the upcoming eclipse, the phenomenon surrounding the event, eye safety for viewing the eclipse and eclipse activities in the Clarksville area. Additionally, Smith will talk about his ongoing research in Chile and APSU’s involvement in The Dark Energy Survey, a leading international sky survey that involves imaging one-eighth of the total visible sky.

Smith’s talk is the third in a series of events promoting the upcoming Total American Eclipse, which will occur Aug. 21, with Clarksville being one of the cities nearest to the point of greatest eclipse. Austin Peay is celebrating the phenomenon with a series of educational events surrounding the eclipse, coined as the PeayClipse.

During each Movies in the Park event, APSU will sponsor a booth staffed with Eclipse Educators who will be offering solar viewing glasses and special commemorative educational books about the eclipse, along with schedules, eclipse information and safety tips for viewing. The University is offering this in partnership with The City of Clarksville and Montgomery County as a community educational outreach and to inform the community about events that will be held in the Dunn Center and Forterra Stadium on the day of eclipse. For details, please visit