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Learn about the Upcoming Solar Eclipses! (with astronomer Andrew Fraknoi)

October 10, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT


Free On-line Talk Sponsored by the Oakland Public Library (but open to everyone):

Learn about the Upcoming Solar Eclipses! (with astronomer Andrew Fraknoi)
Tuesday, October 10, 2023, 6 – 7 PM
Register at: https://oaklandlibrary.bibliocommons.com/events/64f914c85a7c613000900176

Two dramatic eclipses of the Sun are coming to North America during the 2023-24 school year – an annular (“ring of fire”) eclipse Oct. 14, 2023 and a total eclipse Apr. 8, 2024. People in two narrow paths will have the full eclipse experience each time. Everyone else (an estimated 500 million people) will see a nice partial eclipse, where the Moon covers a good part of the Sun.

Andrew Fraknoi, who is sometimes called the “Bay Area’s Public Astronomer,” retired a few years ago as the chair of the astronomy department at Foothill College and still teaches short, noncredit courses on astronomy at the University of San Francisco and SF State. He is the co-author of When the Sun Goes Dark, a book for children about eclipses, and the lead author of OpenStax Astronomy, a free online introduction to astronomy, which is now the most frequently used astronomy textbook in the nation.

Fraknoi’s on-line talk will describe how eclipses come to be (and why they are total only on Earth), what scientists learn during eclipses, exactly when and where the eclipses of 2023 and 2024 will be best visible, and how to observe the eclipses and the Sun safely.


October 10, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT


Oakland Public Library
(510) 238-3134
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