Two Eclipses of the Sun

Public talks

Andrew Fraknoi

Tags: Eclipse, Solar System

Time: Monday, Aug 28, 2023 -

Location: San Francisco, CA

Two eclipses of the sun are coming to North America during the 2023–24 school year—an annular (“ring of fire”) eclipse on October 14, 2023 and a total eclipse on April 8, 2024.  People in two narrow paths will have the full eclipse experience each time. Everyone else (an estimated 500 million people, including all of us in the Bay Area) will see a nice partial eclipse, where the moon covers a good part of the sun.

Dr. Andrew Fraknoi, a member of the SETI Institute's Board of Trustees, 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. 

This program has 2 types of tickets available: In-person and online-only. Please pre-register to receive a link to the live-stream event.

If you have symptoms of illness (coughing, fever, etc.), we ask that you either stay home or wear a mask. Our front desk has complimentary masks for members and guests who would like one.

Copies of Fraknoi's children's book, When the Sun Goes Dark, are available for purchase during checkout (domestic U.S. shipping only).