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"Mr. Eclipse" Speaking in Hopkinsville Prior to Solar Eclipse

Hopkinsville Community College Foundation to Host World-Renowned Eclipse Chaser June 22nd

There aren’t many people that can say they have witnessed a Solar Eclipse from every continent, but Fred Espenak can claim that and more. Known to the science community as “Mr. Eclipse,” Espenak has even witnessed an eclipse from a plane, traveling along the path of totality and reveling in the presence of the corona for over nine minutes.  Possessing vast knowledge on the subject, the eclipse expert will be giving a Solar Eclipse lecture on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium at Hopkinsville Community College. 

This event is presented by Hopkinsville Community College Foundation and is free and open to the public.

“We are honored to host ‘Mr. Eclipse’ here at Hopkinsville Community College and allow our students and residents across the region access to this internationally known astronomer,” said HCC Foundation Executive Director Yvette Eastham. “This is an extraordinary opportunity to highlight science education and we anticipate a large turnout for this special event.”

In addition to the symposium, Espenak will be speaking at HCC’s Kids in College Can Soar (KICCS) graduation on Friday, June 23, 2017. This interactive summer camp is designed to inspire a love of learning and help students in grades 7-12 discover opportunities provided by a college education.

This summer’s programming also includes a Balloon Satellite Summer Research Project camp which allows students to go behind the scenes and learn about high-altitude ballooning (HAB) during an intensive week of instruction and experiments. Participants will get to launch a balloon satellite with classmates, track it in real time, and conduct a post flight review. 

Fred Espenak is a retired NASA astrophysicist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center where he worked with infrared spectrometers to probe the atmospheres of the planets. He is also known as "Mr. Eclipse" because of his work on predicting and observing solar eclipses. He has written over a dozen books on eclipses including his most recent "Eclipse Bulletin: Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 August 21."

Espenak also runs three web sites on eclipse predictions (, eclipse photography ( and astrophotography ( Over the past 45 years, he has witnessed 27 total eclipses of the Sun. In 2003, the International Astronomical Union honored Espenak by naming asteroid 14120 after him. Espenak now lives in Portal, Arizona, where he operates Bifrost Astronomical Observatory.

For additional information, contact Brooke Jung, or 270-887-4290.