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Preparing for the Once-in-a-Lifetime Total Solar Eclipse: A Guide to Witnessing and Understanding This Astronomical Phenomenon

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 27, 2024
Navigating the Total Solar Eclipse: A comprehensive guide to eclipse science, safety, and beyond

Across the nation, preparations are in full swing for the upcoming total solar eclipse on April 8th. This unique celestial event occurs when the moon passes between the earth and the sun, blocking out the sun’s light. While the concept may seem simple, witnessing a total solar eclipse can be an awe-inspiring and mysterious experience. Mark Breen, planetarium director at Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury, emphasizes the rarity of this event, as very few people ever have the chance to see one.

This year’s eclipse is particularly special as it will pass over many American cities, allowing more people than ever before to witness it. Vermont Public has been airing a new half-hour TV special called “The Great American Eclipse” to provide more information about this rare event. The program features discussions on the astronomical science behind solar eclipses, the importance of collecting data during eclipses, and tips for safely viewing the eclipse to avoid eye damage.

The TV special also includes visits to various locations such as a church in Burlington that organized a homestay program for eclipse visitors, a school observatory in Morristown and a demonstration on how to build a pinhole viewer at Winooski elementary school. Additionally, Thomas Hockey author of “America’s First Eclipse Chasers” delves into the history of eclipse observation.”Eclipse 2024: Path to Totality” will premiere on Vermont Public’s main TV channel on Wednesday March 27th at 8 p.m., and it will be available on demand after its first airing.

By Samantha Nguyen

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