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Astronomy & Physics Archive

History of total solar eclipses in North Carolina

Editor’s note: Dr. Thomas Rokoske is Professor Emeritus in Appalachian State University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy.

By Dr. Thomas Rokoske

BOONE, N.C.—Since 1869 there have been three total solar eclipses in North Carolina: Aug. 7, 1869, May 28, 1900, and March 7, 1970. There will be three more before the end of the century: Aug. 21, 2017, May 11, 2078 and Sept. 14, 2099.

Community and campus events lead up to the Great American Eclipse; two occur July 28 and 29, with more in mid-August

By Ellen Gwin Burnette

BOONE, N.C. – As the Great Solar Eclipse approaches this August, there is much to learn about and participate in during the lead up to this rare event. Members of the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Arts and Sciences at Appalachian State University have partnerships and community outreach events happening for the next month across the area.

The Great Solar Eclipse of 2017

By Ellen Burnette
BOONE, N.C.  – On Aug. 21, a solar eclipse will occur over the United States. Appalachian State University’s College of Arts and Sciences and Department of Physics and Astronomy have been working for months to share the experience with the campus and community.

Fulbright awards send Appalachian professors around the globe

Fullbright Scholars

BOONE—China, Ethiopia, Poland and Austria are the upcoming destinations for four professors at Appalachian State University. Each has received a Fulbright award to teach and/or conduct research at their host institution.

Appalachian astronomer helps discover asteroid’s ring system

BOONE—Happenstance led to the discovery of the first ring system around an asteroid, and Appalachian State University Professor Joseph Pollock was part of the team of astronomers that made the discovery.

Public viewing of the Transit of Venus held June 5 at Appalachian

BOONE—The planet Venus will cross the face of the sun June 5-6, creating a small dot as it moves. The event will be visible, weather permitting, June 5 in North America. The next transit of the planet won’t occur until 2117.

Appalachian/Nature Research Center partnership enhances science education outreach

BOONE—A partnership between the N.C. Museum of Science’s Nature Research Center in Raleigh and UNC System universities has paired Dr. Rachel L. Smith with the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Appalachian State University.

NASA dream becomes reality for two Appalachian students

BOONE—It has been 51 years since President John F. Kennedy challenged the nation to set its sight on a lunar landing.

N.C. Science Festival features activities for youth and adults

NCScienceFestival_logo_t.jpgBOONE—Nothing like brains and neurons, or perhaps fossils and robots, to get kids excited about science.