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Paper: The North American Solar Eclipses of 2023 and 2024
Volume: 533, ASP 2021: Sharing Best Practices – AstronomyTeaching and Public Engagement
Page: 171
Authors: Zeiler, M.
Abstract: North America will experience two exciting solar eclipses on October 14, 2023 and April 8, 2024. Millions of people were dazzled by the 2017 total solar eclipse and these coming eclipses will be ideal opportunities for public education in the science of astronomy. The 2023 annular solar eclipse sweeps the United States from Oregon to Texas and crosses many national parks of the scenic American Southwest. The 2024 total solar eclipse visits Mexico, the United States, and Canada. Within the United States, 32 million people reside within the path of totality and the duration of totality is nearly twice as long as the 2017 eclipse. Michael Zeiler has co-authored the Field Guide of the 2023 and 2024 Solar Eclipses and the Atlas of Solar Eclipses, 2020–2045. He will present a tour of the two eclipse paths with detailed maps and commentary on how to view both eclipses. The maps give vital information such as choosing the best locations as well as the times each eclipse begins, reaches maximum, and ends at those places. They also provide the sky altitude of the eclipsed Sun and the duration of annularity or totality along each eclipse's path. Michael will discuss points of interest, viewing tips, photo opportunities, which planets and stars you'll see during totality, and other details for each eclipse. He will list the best authoritative online websites for further information and share free resources from that educators and persons doing public outreach can use to enlighten the public on these coming astronomical spectacles.
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