Saint Michael’s College astrophysicist shares what to know for April 8 total solar eclipse

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Vermont Business Magazine April 8’s solar eclipse will be an event to remember in parts of Vermont that will be along the path of totality – especially if viewers know what they’re looking for in the sky. 

Saint Michael’s College Professor and astrophysicist Alain Brizard, Ph.D., will provide that context during a talk on April 3 at 5 p.m. on campus, answering questions including “why is this happening?” and “why are solar eclipses so rare?” His talk will be free and open to the public.  

Brizard plans to discuss the different types of eclipses and the history of their discovery. He will also focus on what to expect during the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024 – especially during totality – and how to view these events safely.   

Brizard will further explain why the eclipse could be especially spectacular this year as the sun enters a phase of maximum activity. He will talk about what this will look like during the eclipse and what being able to see this activity means for scientists like him.   

If you go:  

·       What: “A solar eclipse to remember: Everything you need to know for April 8”   

·       When: 5 p.m., April 3, 2024    

·       Where: Saint Michael’s College McCarthy Arts Center Recital Hall  

·       Cost: Free   

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About Saint Michael’s College 

Saint Michael's College, founded on principles of social justice and leading lives of purpose and consequence, is a selective, Catholic college just outside Burlington, Vermont, one of the country's best college towns. Located between the Green Mountains and Lake Champlain, our closely connected community guarantees housing all four years and delivers internationally respected liberal arts together with an innovative Purposeful Learning Program, preparing students for fulfilling careers and meaningful lives. Young adults here grow intellectually, socially, and morally, learning to be responsible for themselves, each other, and their world.  

Source: COLCHESTER, VT – Saint Michael’s College