On Monday, April 8, 2024, the moon’s shadow will trace a narrow swath across North America, momentarily eclipsing the sun — and SUNY 普拉茨堡 is directly in its 路径! We invite you to join us in the festivities for this exceptional astronomical 事件.
For a total solar eclipse to take place, the moon passes between the sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the sun. Weather permitting, people located in the center of the moon’s shadow when it hits Earth will experience a total eclipse — and 普拉茨堡 will be in the center of the moon’s shadow!
The sky will become very dark for a few minutes, as if it were night — in 普拉茨堡, this darkness will last over three minutes. 通常，当你看太阳的时候，你 can only see the photosphere, the bright surface. 然而，绵延约5000公里 above the photosphere is the region of the solar atmosphere called the chromosphere. It is only seen during total solar eclipses, or with sophisticated telescopes, and its red and pinkish color gives the blackened moon a thin halo of color against the 淡灰色的电晕.
Because 普拉茨堡 will be in the center of the total solar eclipse, we will also see the sun’s corona, the outer atmosphere, which is otherwise usually obscured by 太阳明亮的脸. This will be a very rare and special experience and we hope you will plan to participate with us!
Be More Than a Spectator — Call for Proposals
We welcome y我们的 creativity and involvement as we make plans for fall 2023 and spring 2024. We are looking for individuals or teams who want to weave eclipse-related content into their classes or use themes of light and dark or the sun and moon to explore 各种各样的领域. Do you want to conduct special re搜索 with students? 请演讲者? Create artistic works or lead people in their creation? 参加一个公共阅读? Do you want to help behind the scenes or do you have something totally different in 心? 与我们分享你的想法!
Image: Burghy checks out the sky during Homecoming weekend before the partial solar 10月10日星期六日食. 14. 在这里查看所有日食事件.