Dr. Swapnil Tripathi, Associate Professor of Astronomy and Physics at UW-Washington County is excited about the upcoming total solar eclipse – perhaps the biggest celestial event of the decade. Tripathi invites anyone interested in learning more about the eclipse to attend a free lecture at the campus on Monday, August 21 at 11:30am in room 305. After the one-hour lecture, Professor Tripathi will set up a telescope to observe the eclipse in the campus courtyard. This will be available until 2pm. Solar eclipse shades will also be available. No reservations are needed and admission is free.
According to Tripathi, “solar eclipses are great opportunities to study the outer layers of the sun, such as the corona.” He noted that Einstein’s theory of relativity was confirmed during a total solar eclipse that happened almost 100 years ago – on May 29, 1919. In addition, he explained that universities across the U.S. will be participating in a large scientific experiment - measuring temperatures just before, during and after the eclipse. These temperatures will be uploaded to the internet in an effort to compile data about temperature changes in the weather on the passing of the eclipse.
On Saturday, August 19, the public is also welcome to attend a talk that Professor Tripathi will be giving to a Cub Scout troop at the Oscar Grady library in Saukville at 10:30am.
UW-Washington County is located at 400 S. University Drive in West Bend. The campus provides a quality education to area students with experienced and dedicated faculty and small class sizes. For more information about the campus, visit the website, washington.uwc.edu or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
IN A NUTSHELL:
What: Lecture and Viewing of Solar Eclipse
Who: Swapnil Tripathi, Associate Professor Astronomy/Physics
When: Monday, August 21, 2017 (lecture at 11:30am, viewing 12:30pm-2pm)
Where: UW-Washington County, 400 S. University Drive, West Bend. Lecture in room 305 (third floor); viewing in courtyard. Free admission.