LAURINBURG – Around 65 people of all ages turned out this week for Scotland County Memorial Library’s presentation “From Black Hole to Solar Eclipse.”
The talk was given by Jose D’Arruda a Physics Professor at UNC Pembroke.
Six-year-old Jesse Sprague and his father Jason attended the event because Jesse likes science.
“Technology is so cool, and I want to be a scientist when I grow up,” said Jesse who likes to watch “Myth Busters” and other scientific videos online.
D’Arruda humorously opened the presentation with the opening monologue from Star Trek and proceeded to regale the audience on the development of the universe from the big bang theory to the eventual death of the sun in five billion years.
D’Arruda told the audience that our galaxy, the Milky Way, is not the only galaxy in space.
“You will not only find hundreds of billions of stars in a galaxy, you will find hundreds of billions of galaxies in space,” he said.
He explained to those in attendance what scientists see when they look at other galaxies has already happened.
“Light takes a hundred thousand years to cross the Milky Way,” D’Arruda said. “When you look at stars in another galaxy, you’re looking back in time.”
The professor ended the presentation by explaining what a solar eclipse is and how to safely view one.
The audience learned about lunar and solar eclipses specifically the one that will take place in the U.S. on Aug. 21.
A solar eclipse occurs when the new moon is positioned between the Earth and sun, and a lunar eclipse happens when the Earth’s shadow falls on the full moon.
D’Arruda told the audience…
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