Opening Reception for “The Shadow of the Sun” Exhibit on April 7 in Central Library Gallery

A once-in-a-lifetime celestial event will occur this year on August 21 when the first solar eclipse in 99 years will sweep across the United States. Nashville is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country with full view of the eclipse.

In anticipation of the celestial event, Vanderbilt University Libraries is hosting an exhibition curated by four astronomy students on the work of American astronomer Edward Emerson Barnard (1857-1823). Best known for his discovery of Amalthea, the fifth moon of Jupiter, Barnard was a photographer and astronomer who spent a lifetime observing and photographing the night sky.

On view now through September 10, the exhibition—The Shadow of the Sun: E.E. Barnard and the Solar Eclipse—draws on collections housed in the Libraries’ Special Collections, as well as loans from private collectors. Student curators will talk about the exhibition during the opening reception, which will be held Friday, April 7, from 2-3:30 pm in the Central Library’s second floor gallery.

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