On Aug. 21, the day of the total solar eclipse across some parts of the United States, Bryan White plans to seclude himself as far away as possible from mankind in the rugged mountains of Wyoming.
But up until that time, the Glenwood Springs man will enthusiastically share his celestial knowledge and get people fired up for the opportunity of the century.
“I’ve been waiting for this moment for years,” he said, referring back to when he first got interested in astronomy. White, a banker by day, has combined that passion for astronomy with skills as a photographer. He has gained fame for his out-of-this-world 3D photos of the Aurora Borealis, various comets and other astronomical spectacles.
He will discuss the science of the solar eclipse as well as ways to safely observe it during presentations this week at the libraries in Basalt, New Castle, Glenwood Springs, Silt and Rifle (see fact box on page A8). His presentation is called “The Great American Eclipse.” He will be signing copies of his book, “Prelude Lake,” which showcases his nightscape 3D photography.
White said he is thrilled that so many people have taken an interest in the eclipse.
“Casper (Wyoming) has been sold out for two years,” he said. “I believe that humans have an innate interest in astronomy.”
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