Upcoming GPPA Speaker Meeting

~ Starting in 2017, Speaker Meetings will be held on the third Monday of the month. ~

Monday, August 21, 2017 at 7:30 PM
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Eclipsed by the Eclipse

This image of the moon crossing in front of the sun was captured on Jan. 30, 2014, by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observing an eclipse from its vantage point in space. Credits: NASA


Our August meeting was scheduled on our regular 3rd Monday meeting date, but we failed to notice that this third Monday is the day of the total solar eclipse. While most of North America will see only a partial eclipse, we here in Atlanta are very close to the path of totality, a path that will stretch over the contiguous United States for the first time ever.

Is it any surprise that when our scheduled speaker (who lives in the path of totality) realized that our meeting was on the day of the eclipse called to ask if he could come next year? We said yes.

I expect that many of you will be making the short trek to North Georgia to experience the sun disappearing behind the moon, turning daylight into twilight, causing the temperature to drop, and showing streamers of light streaking through the sky. The last time a total solar eclipse occurred in the lower 48 was 1979, and the next time one will traverse the U.S. will be in 2045. I, for one, am not certain I will be here for that one.

I think this may be worth skipping a meeting! Looking forward to seeing you in September!

Paula White

At monthly meetings, Members often pass on gardening magazines and catalogs to others
in an open swap, and light refreshments are offered beginning at 7:00 PM.

Meetings are free and open to the public.

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