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August 2017

The Great American Eclipse: Monday August 21, 2017
The Great American Eclipse will take place at approximately 2:38 pm across the State of Georgia. The Georgia Space Grant encourages everyone to get out and view the event live if possible. Safety information and activities can be found on NASA's Eclipse Website. If you are not able to view it live outside, we have a list of live streams that can be watched indoors. Live stream viewing can be found at:
NASA Live Stream: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-live-stream
High Altitude Ballooning: http://eclipse.stream.live/
Georgia Institute of Technology Live Stream: https://youtu.be/S9Z4tbhZEkI

Happy Solar Eclipse Viewing!
Affiliate Highlight: The Columbus Space Program- DREAMS
The Columbus Space Program headed by Luther Richardson will be performing experiments with high school students during the August 21 Solar Eclipse. They will launch 2 balloons as a redundancy to get images and data from the Solar Eclipse. The primary science is to measure radiation (alpha, beta, gamma) with a Geiger-Muller tube during totality from >90,000 feet. There are over a dozen science packages flying with 6 cameras (still and video). They will capture the shadow moving across Tennessee and Kentucky.The data and images/video and being offered to teachers across the country through various networks. They have provided a YouTube video and a link to where their live stream Which will reach tens of thousands across Georgia. More information on the Columbus Space Program can be found here.
The Georgia Space Grant Consortium Lead Institution: Georgia Institute of Technology 
Here at the Georgia Space Grant Consortium we try to shine the spot light on our affiliates and all their outstanding research efforts. However, we don't want you all to think that we sit back and don't get our hands dirty. On July 28, 2017 the GSGC team and Georgia Tech volunteers put together Solar Eclipse Educational kits that will reach more than 250,000 students all over the state of Georgia. In addition to the educational kits we were also able to provide 50,000 students with Solar Eclipse viewing glasses. Read more here. More pictures from the events are up ond social media, linked at the bottom of the newsletter. Please remember to use #gsgceclipse17 in all of your pictures from the Eclipse on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

Affiliate Highlight:The University of West Georgia

The University of West Georgia Observatory team is making the most of the Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017. Not only will they be opening their facility to the public and handing out safety glasses for the event at the observatory, but they are also taking a team to the line of totality in South Carolina. On August 21, 2017, the West Georgia Observatory will be open from 1:00 p.m. until 4:15 p.m. for the observation of the eclipse. At mid-eclipse (2:33 p.m.), 95 5 of the solar disk will be covered. August 21, 2017, Bob Powell and Ben Team will lead the University of West Georgia expedition to the path of totality. The faculty and students plan to do the following: Photographing the eclipse with still and video cameras, Studying photosensitive plants, Measuring air temperature, atmospheric pressure and brightness of the Sun, Observing shadow bands, Bailey’s beads, diamond ring effect, Mercury, Venus and bright stars, Conducting the Modern Eddington Experiment, Studying the Sun with a small radio telescope
 
More information here.
 
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