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Solar Eclipses: Math, Science, and Spectacle

Thursday, May 14 at 6:30 pm EDT (New York)

As a veteran of 35 total solar eclipses, 18 annular solar eclipses, and 19 partial solar eclipses, astronomer Jay Pasachoff is uniquely positioned to share recent scientific work related to eclipses, international coordination of observations, and future plans.  What role does mathematics play in predicting eclipses, from the ancient saros observations to Halley’s 1715 map, and from Bessel’s 19th-century equations to today’s web-based zoom-and-click maps?  How do theoretical predictions based on magnetic-field measurements, emission spectra of high ionization lines, and radio observations compare to the high res images available today?  Join us to find out!

This presentation is appropriate for adults and for students ages 12 and up.

This is a live-streamed event.  Occasional video recordings are made available for a fee at

Solar eclipse

© 2018 Image by Jay Pasachoff and the Williams College Solar Eclipse Expedition; computer image processing by Vojtech
Rusin and Roman Vanur.

May 14th, 2020 from  6:30 pm to  7:45 pm
United States
Event Fee(s)
Event fee $15.00
Event fee plus $15 donation to support families in need $30.00
Fee waived (for families with financial need) $0.00