Learn about the history and mechanics of eclipses ahead of the Oct. solar eclipse

Image via KFPL.

The upcoming solar eclipse is an awe-inspiring natural phenomenon that, according to the Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL), provides an excellent opportunity for skywatchers and astronomy enthusiasts to witness the beauty and wonder of our universe. That opportunity is coming soon, with a solar eclipse crossing North, Central and South America on October 14.

According to a release from the library, to enhance the experience, KFPL will host Queen’s University and The McDonald Institute for Standing in the Shadow of the Moon, an exploration of the history and mechanics of eclipses.

Professors Daryn Lehoux and Sarah Sadavoy will explore the significance of this natural wonder, offering attendees an understanding of the influence of eclipses on culture and belief systems, as well as the physical circumstances that make eclipses possible, the library noted.

“Celestial events like the upcoming solar eclipse are not just mysteries to behold; they’re opportunities to demystify the cosmos and deepen our understanding of the universe and human behaviour,” said Jake Miller, Librarian, Adult Programming. “This cosmic exploration, guided by the expertise of Professors Lehoux and Sadavoy, bridges the gap between the marvels of the universe and our shared human experience.”

This event will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. at the Isabel Turner Branch. Register at https://calendar.kfpl.ca/event/9008386.

For aspiring young astronomers, ages 6 to 12, KFPL is also offering an opportunity to create solar eclipse projectors in partnership with Queen’s, to support safe viewing. This program will take place on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. at the Calvin Park Branch, with registration opening on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023 at https://calendar.kfpl.ca/event/8965335.

2 thoughts on “Learn about the history and mechanics of eclipses ahead of the Oct. solar eclipse

  • Total Eclipse of the Sun: On Monday, April 8, 2024 Kingston will be in the umbra of the path of a total eclipse of the sun. The umbra of a total eclipse of the sun is that part in the path of a total eclipse where the sun is most obscured by the moon and the experience of the resulting darkness is greatest.

    Plan ahead for a City busy with people wishing to view this infrequent and stirring celestial phenomenon to which people repeatable travel the world to experience. Plan ahead also for the necessary eye protection for you and your family.

    April 8th is a Monday when children will be in school. This is an event young people may never again have the opportunity to experience. It is unique teaching opportunity but also one that requires education about eye protection and pre-planning for the acquisition of proper and sufficient eye protection for school children.

    For more information about the experience of other communities who have been in the umbra of a total eclipse simply search on line April 8, 2023 Total Eclipse if the Sun.

  • I’m guessing this will not affect eastern Canada? I just googled, and it says the next solar eclipse in eastern Canada is April 4, 2024?

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