People around the U.S. are already gearing up for what many agree is the coolest of astronomical events: a total eclipse of the Sun. The one that will happen on Aug. 21, 2017 will be the first since 1979 that will be visible from the lower 48 in the United States. Fred Espenak, known as “Mr. Eclipse,” will give a detailed preview of the eclipse at the annual banquet of the Seattle Astronomical Society at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at the Swedish Club on Dexter Avenue North in Seattle.
If you want to know about solar eclipses, Espenak is the guy to ask. A retired NASA astrophysicist, he has seen 26 of them since his first in March of 1970, and he’s arguably the authority on the history of solar eclipses. He’s had a hand in writing The Fifty Year Canon of Solar Eclipses, 1986-2035 (Sky Pub Corp, 1987) and the Thousand Year Canon of Solar Eclipses 1501 to 2500 (Astropixels, 2014). He has contributed to three books about the upcoming 2017 event: a 2017 Eclipse Bulletin (Astropixels, 2015), Road Atlas for the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 (Astropixels, 2015), and TOTAL Eclipse Or Bust!: A Family Road Trip (Astropixels, 2015). These last three have been recognized as hot products for 2016 by Sky & Telescope magazine. As you may have guessed, Espenak is the proprietor of Astropixels Publishing, too.
Reservations for the banquet are $45 and are available now to Seattle Astronomical Society members. Tickets for non-members will be available beginning Monday, Jan. 11 at $60. But why not join today, get the member price, save a few bucks now, and enjoy the other member benefits of SAS?