Totality: The Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017

Totality: The Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017


  • Mark Littmann, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
August 10, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm


On August 21, 2017, a total eclipse of the Sun will trace a narrow path across the United States.  Only one in 100,000 people has seen a total solar eclipse.  It has been 38 years since a total eclipse has visited the mainland United States.  Through stories, photographs, and artwork, we'll explore the mythology, history, and scientific significance of eclipses--and how to observe a total eclipse of the Sun, the most amazing of all celestial sights. 

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About the Speaker:

 Mark Littmann is the Hill Chair of Excellence in Science Writing in the UTK College of Communication and Information. Professor Littmann has written books on solar eclipses, the outer solar system, great meteor storms, and Halley’s Comet.  These books have won four national awards, including the Science Writing Award of the American Institute of Physics, and the Elliott Montroll Special Award of  the New York Academy of Sciences.   He holds two distinguished professorships at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where he teaches three different courses on how to write about science so that the public understands and enjoys it.  His most recent books are Totality: The Great American Eclipses of 2017 and 2024 and, for students 8-14, Eclipse 2017.

Sponsoring Organization 

Neutron Sciences Directorate Seminar


  • SNS Central Laboratory and Office Building
  • Building: 8600
  • Room: Iran Thomas Auditorium (Room A-103)

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