Adventures of an Eclipse Chaser
Thursday, February 22, 6:30 pm, Virtual
To witness a total eclipse of the Sun is a privilege that comes to a few people. Many live and die without ever beholding one. Once seen, it is a phenomenon never to be forgotten. But on April 8, 2024, those who live in Eastern North America will have one delivered to their doors. Over the last 50 years, Joe Rao has chased 13 eclipses around the globe. His PowerPoint talk, “The Adventures of an Eclipse Chaser,” details the interesting, funny, and poignant occurrences that he has experienced in his efforts to briefly “bask in the shadow of the Moon.” Registration required.
View the recording Prepare for the Great American Eclipse!
Eclipses of the Sun and Moon are dramatic natural events, which have been described in records going back for centuries in many civilizations. Mark Monday, April 8, 2024, on your calendar as “Solar Eclipse Day,” for if the weather is fair, you should have no difficulty observing a partial or even total eclipse of the sun from much of North America. Ancient astronomers discovered certain cycles of occurrence of eclipses, which then allowed prediction. Accurate prediction could command power and prestige. In this presentation, Joe Rao will present the mechanics of what causes eclipses, as well as how you can safely observe and enjoy this amazing astronomical event.