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Great American Eclipses
July 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$5
On August 21, the United States will enjoy a rare eclipse of the sun. For those of us in Seattle, it will appear as a partial eclipse, but a swath of the nation (including parts of Oregon and Idaho) will be treated to a total solar eclipse, the most awe-inspiring sight in nature. Author and eclipse chaser David Baron will explain why you should emulate some great Gilded Age astronomers and get yourself to the “path of totality.” In 1878, a total solar eclipse crossed the American frontier and lured to the West many scientists, who came to stand in the shadow of the moon. Among these early eclipse chasers were Vassar astronomer Maria Mitchell, who assembled an all-female expedition to Denver to show what women could do in science, and a young Thomas Edison, who after observing the eclipse in Wyoming soon lit the world with his most famous invention.
David Baron’s book, American Eclipse: A Nation’s Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World, will be available for purchase and signing.
About the speaker:
David Baron is a journalist, author, and broadcaster who has spent his thirty-year career largely in public radio. He has worked as an environment correspondent for NPR, a science reporter for Boston’s WBUR, and health and science editor for PRI’s The World.
In the course of his reporting, David has visited every continent and earned some of the top honors in journalism. These include the Lowell Thomas Award from the Overseas Press Club of America, the Alfred I. duPont Award from Columbia University, the National Academies Communications Award, and, on three occasions, the annual journalism prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
David’s written work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Outside, Lonely Planet, and Reader’s Digest. His 2003 book, The Beast in the Garden, received the Colorado Book Award.
An avid umbraphile who has witnessed five total solar eclipses, David has crossed the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia to catch the shadow of the moon.