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‘Mr. Eclipse’ to Talk Total Solar Eclipse at Hopkinsville Community College

Espenak at Goddard, via

"Mr. Eclipse" is coming to Hopkinsville Community College this week to give a presentation about the rare total solar eclipse on August 21. 

Retired NASA astrophysicist Fred Espenak is known as Mr. Eclipse for his work predicting and observing the solar events. He has worked in NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and has written more than a dozen books on eclipses including ‘Eclipse Bulletin: Total Solar Eclipse of 2017, August 21.’

Hopkinsville is near the ‘point of greatest eclipse,’ where the totality will be 2 minutes, 40 seconds. Area emergency management officials are preparing for tens of thousands of visitors to the region for the eclipse and the weekend prior. 

The free lecture begins at 6 on Thursday in the H-C-C auditorium. He will also present that afternoon a high altitude balloon launch for summer camp students and give a presentation at their graduation on Friday.


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Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director March 2016-September 2019 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant. He is currently the host of the international music show Imported on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
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