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Georgia Journal of Science

Article Title

OUTREACH BEFORE AND DURING THE GREAT AMERICAM=N SOLAR ECLIPSE

Abstract

Both authors gave radio and newspaper interviews and gave PowerPoint presentations to local groups. Powell gave “Darkness in the Afternoon, the August 21 Solar Eclipse” at 27 locations, primarily during the period August 3 - 20, 2017. The locations included six civic clubs, four community groups, two church groups, and 15 schools. The attendance at his presentations was over 2,400. With funding from a grant (Sterling, Jenkins, Powell), the Department of Physics, and College of Science and Mathematics, 40,000 pairs of eclipse shades were distributed to students in the Carroll County and Carrollton Schools, the West Georgia community, and beyond. Jenkins estimates that over 5,000 people came to the Observatory during the eclipse to look through telescopes equipped with safe solar filters or to collect a pair of eclipse shades; 3,200 pairs of shades were distributed during the eclipse.

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