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 In the Shadows: The Wonder, Beauty, and Science of Eclipses

In the Shadows: The Wonder, Beauty, and Science of Eclipses3:00PM-4:00PM February 5th, 2024


Find out the answers to some common eclipse questions, and then dive even deeper into how these phenomena help us explore the galaxy and understand our place in the universe. The program includes a Q and A. 

This program is open to all library staff and science educators and CTLE credits are available.

Learning Objectives:

What is an eclipse and what causes them?
How can we help people understand eclipses?
What is the difference between a solar and lunar eclipse?
Why do lunar eclipses happen more often than solar eclipses?
What are the different types of eclipses (partial, total, annular)?
How have eclipses changed over the history of Earth and how will they change in the future?
How does one get the best view of an eclipse and experience it safely?Do other planets have eclipses?
How are we using eclipses to look for signs of alien life?




Biography: Zoe Learner Ponterio came to Central New York as an astronomy graduate student at Cornell in 2002, where she worked on the Mars Exploration Rovers mission for four years. She then taught high school math and physics for ten years. In 2017 she returned to Cornell as the manager of the Spacecraft Planetary Image Facility to combine her passions for space exploration and education by supporting students in their planetary research and sharing the science and wonder of planetary missions with everyone throughout the region.

This program is part of SCRLC's Moon Mondays: Get Ready for the Great 2024 Total Eclipse, which is supported in part by the American Astronomical Society's Jay M. Pasachoff Solar Eclipse Mini-Grants Program.   


The eclipse will be on Monday, April 8th and our region will experience 95-100% totality.

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