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Celebrating the Solar Eclipse with SOLIDWORKS

Written by: Kayla Savale, Marketing Coordinator

For the first time in 38 years, on August 21, 2017, the United States of America will host a full solar eclipse! People from all over the globe will be traveling here to witness this awe-inspiring sight. To witness this wondrous event would be an opportunity of a lifetime; anyone in its path is in line to witness a real treat!

Solar Eclipse Path

Here at DASI Solutions, we are particularly looking forward to this phenomenon, in addition to another event that will be taking place in just a few days. This second event, taking place this Thursday in Tucson, Arizona, is none other than one of the hundreds of SOLIDWORKS User Group meetings that take place in America each year. What does this particular User Group Meeting have to do with the upcoming Solar Eclipse? Just over a month prior to the Eclipse, this meeting will be taking place at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO). The NOAO is a research & development center for ground-based night-time astronomy & is home to some of the largest optical and radio telescopes in the world. To help build these one-of-a-kind telescopes, the NOAO invested in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software, which meant the difference between canceling & completing the projects due to limitations of their previous software.

DASI’s resident Application Engineer, Joe Richter, will be sole presenter at this meeting. His presentations will include a demonstration of SOLIDWORKS Composer, as well as a segment on SOLIDWORKS Tips & Ticks, among others.

Solar Eclipse

Now, because I am totally fascinated by this, I have been doing a little research myself. I’ll share with you some interesting facts about Solar Eclipses:

  • The next total eclipse isn’t slated to happen for another 7 years (2024) where it will also be visible from Mexico and Canada.
  • The longest time a total solar eclipse can last is 7.5 minutes.
  • Almost identical eclipses occur after 18 years and 11 days (known as Saros Cycle)
  • Oregon will be the first contact during the August 21 eclipse.
  • Nashville, TN will have the maximum viewing time of the total eclipse – 2+ minutes.

 

Whether you are a celestial fanatic, scientist, enthusiast or just an ordinary person looking to see something spectacular, make sure you have your eyes to the sky on August 21!