AMERICA’S GREAT ECLIPSES: 1878 AND 2017
Jul 24, 2017
On August 21, a total solar eclipse will cross the United States from coast to coast for the first time in 99 years. As you prepare for this rare celestial spectacle, join Boulder author David Baron to hear the story of another great American eclipse, which traversed Colorado in 1878 and lured the era’s preeminent scientists to the Wild West. Among the eclipse chasers that year 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 shortly thereafter lit the world with his most famous invention. Baron will also provide tips on viewing this summer’s eclipse, which will be easiest to see to the north of Colorado, where the moon’s shadow will darken a narrow path across Wyoming and Nebraska. Baron is the author of American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World. Book sale and signing to follow.