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Mark Littman
Mark Littmann

Mark Littmann, professor and Hill Chair of Excellence in Science Writing, will present “Totality: The Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017” at this week’s Science Forum, to be held at noon Friday, April 7.

Littmann’s talk will take place in Thompson-Boling Arena Café, Rooms C-D. The 40-minute presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer discussion.

The Science Forum is free and open to the public. Attendees may bring their own lunch or purchase lunch at the café.

On August 21, a total eclipse of the sun will trace a narrow path across the United States, passing very close to Knoxville. It has been 38 years since a total eclipse has visited the mainland of America; only one in 100,000 people has even witnessed a total eclipse.

Littmann will take you through stories and photographs and will ultimately explore how to observe a total eclipse of the sun, regarded as the most amazing of all celestial sights.

The Science Forum began in 1933 and is sponsored by UT’s Quest research magazine. The forum was designed to provide the public, students, and other researchers a chance to learn about scientific research void of jargon.