NOVAC Public Meeting, 1/8/23 – 7:30 pm EST

Join NOVAC and notable amateur Phil Harrington for a talk on upcoming solar eclipses including what to expect for the next Great American Eclipse in 2024!   It’s never too early to plan, so join us virtually or in person at George Mason University on Sunday, 1/8/23.   We’ll help you get your planning started!

NOVAC General Meetings
Sunday, January 8, 7:30 – 9:00pm

This NOVAC meeting will be held both in-person at George Mason University as well as live-streamed via Google Meet.  Here is information for both.

In Person Meeting:

George Mason University, Exploratory Hall, Room 3301.  Check GMU web site for nearby parking options.  Some lots or garages do charge for parking.  Room will be open as early as 6:45pm.

Virtual Option: Join using Google Meet

Video call link:
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 484-430-1468‬ PIN: ‪486 839 001‬#
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Presentation Details:

Title:  The Next Great American Eclipse(s)

Abstract:  After a look-back at the August 2017 total solar eclipse, the talk will survey upcoming total solar eclipses visible across North America through the end of the century. Special attention will be given to the October 2023 annular eclipse and April 2024 total eclipse.

Biography:   A lifelong amateur astronomer, Phil Harrington was bitten by the “astronomical bug” when he was assigned to watch the total lunar eclipse of April 1968 as a homework assignment.  Since then, Phil has spent countless hours touring the universe through telescopes and binoculars. He is a former staff member of New York City’s Hayden Planetarium and instructor at the Vanderbilt Planetarium in Centerport, New York.  Phil is an adjunct professor at Suffolk County Community College, Selden, New York, where he teaches courses in stellar and planetary astronomy.  He is a founding member of the Westport (CT) Astronomical Society and is also one of the coordinators of the annual Astronomer’s Conjunction, held every summer in Northfield, MA.  Phil is also a contributing editor for Astronomy magazine, where he has published more than 200 articles since 1988.  In addition, Phil authors a monthly “Cosmic Challenge” feature on  Beyond these, he has written for Deep Sky and Sky & Telescope magazines, as well as other periodicals.  Phil has undergraduate degrees in science education from Wagner College and mechanical engineering from New York Institute of Technology,  as well as a Master’s degree in environmental engineering from New York Institute of Technology.

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