Eclipse 2024: A Journey to the Heart of the Sun

Navigating the Total Solar Eclipse: A Comprehensive Guide to Science, Safety, and Beyond

In April, people all over the country are preparing for a unique experience: a total solar eclipse. This celestial event occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, temporarily blocking out the sun’s light. Mark Breen, planetarium director at Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury, describes it as a mysterious phenomenon that few people have the opportunity to witness.

This year’s eclipse is particularly special because it will pass over numerous American cities, giving more people the chance to see it than ever before. David Hockey, professor of astronomy at Northern Iowa University, highlights its significance. If you’re interested in learning more about this rare celestial event known as “The Great American Eclipse,” Vermont Public has produced a new half-hour TV special hosted by Lexi Krupp.

The show includes discussions about the scientific aspects of solar eclipses by Mark Breen and Martina Arndt of Bridgewater State University. It also features tips on how to safely view the eclipse and a visit to Winooski elementary school where they demonstrate building a pinhole viewer.

Reporter Lexi Krupp also explores how one church in Burlington brought their community together through a homestay program for eclipse visitors. Rita Cambria from Peoples Academy shares her school’s unique observatory while Thomas Hockey delves into the history of eclipse observation in his book “America’s First Eclipse Chasers.”

Don’t miss “Eclipse 2024: Path to Totality,” premiering on Vermont Public’s main TV channel on Wednesday, March 27 at 8 p.m., or watch it on demand now!

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