Spring City to host free Solar Eclipse Meetings

Dead center of the eclipse path, Spring City will have 2 minutes 39 seconds of totality. (Photo Submitted)

The Town of Spring City is pleased to announce that Professor Brian Dennison, Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina-Asheville Department of Physics will be holding two free community meetings to speak about the upcoming solar eclipse on August 21.

Professor Brian Dennison, Ph.D.

The meetings will be at the Spring City Municipal Bldg. located at 229 Front Street on Monday, July 31 6:00 PM and on Tuesday, August 8 6:00 PM.  Professor Dennison will be speaking on what happens to cause an eclipse, what we can expect, why this is so unique, and why Spring City’s location is so special for this event.  He will also be talking about the importance of eye protection. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Brian Dennison served as the endowed UNC-Asheville Glaxo-Wellcome Professor from 2004 to 2014. Previously he was a Professor of Physics and the Director of the Institute for Particle Physics and Astrophysics at Virginia Tech. He was a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the Onsala Space Observatory in Sweden, and he has worked as a Radio Astronomer at the E. O. Hulbert Center for Space Research of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC.

Dr. Dennison’s fields of interest include astrophysics, radio astronomy, and optical astronomy of the interstellar medium. He has received extensive funding primarily from the National Science Foundation in support of these efforts. He is Campus Director for the North Carolina Space Grant Program at UNCA. He teaches Astronomy, Astrophysics, and has recently taught Cosmology and Observational Astronomy.

Dr. Dennison’s research has utilized radio observatories throughout the U.S. and Europe. Most recently he participated in the development of Lookout Observatory on the campus of UNCA. This facility is operated jointly by UNCA and the Astronomy Club of Asheville, and is used extensively for student research, undergraduate instruction, and outreach to the community.

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