There Goes the Sun: A Total-Solar-Eclipse Countdown

Feb 6, 2024 | aging, books, culture, Health, politics, seniors, technology


There Goes the Sun: A Total-Solar-Eclipse Countdown:  Eclipse Over America: Unveiling the Mysteries of the Sun’s Corona with Kelly Beatty

The Not Old Better Show, Smithsonian Associates Inside Science Interview Series

Welcome to a special episode of the “Not Old Better Show Smithsonian Associates Inside Science” series. Today, we’re venturing into the heart of celestial drama, a phenomenon that has captivated humanity since time immemorial: the total solar eclipse. On April 8, an extraordinary event will unfold across the United States—a spectacle so profound it transforms day into night and unveils the hidden corona of our Sun, casting an ethereal glow across the sky. This isn’t just an astronomical event; it’s a moment of communal awe and wonder that transcends age, culture, and time.

Joining us to guide through this cosmic journey is Kelly Beatty, a luminary in the field of planetary science and space exploration. Kelly, the senior editor for Sky & Telescope magazine, is not just an observer of the stars but a seasoned voyager who has led eclipse expeditions to the most remote corners of our planet. From the sandy dunes of Libya to the icy reaches of Antarctica, Kelly’s experiences have not only captured the imagination of space enthusiasts but have also provided invaluable insights into the nature of our universe.

In today’s episode, we’ll explore the historical and cultural significance of solar eclipses, delve into the celestial mechanics that orchestrate these breathtaking events, and share essential tips for observing the upcoming eclipse safely. Whether you’re a seasoned astronomer, an amateur photographer, or someone who simply marvels at the beauty of the cosmos, this conversation promises to enlighten, inspire, and prepare you for the upcoming celestial spectacle.

So, get those pin-hole projectors ready and find your spot along the eclipse’s path, from Mexico through the United States, as we embark on a journey through the shadows to witness the sublime beauty of the cosmos revealed in totality. This is not just an episode about the science of the skies but a celebration of the moments that remind us of our shared humanity and the mysteries that lie just beyond our reach. Welcome to a story written in the stars, a tale of light, shadow, and the awe-inspiring dance of the cosmos.

My thanks to the scientist, space explorer, journalist, and  Smithsonian Associate Kelly Beatty.  Kelly Beatty will be presenting at Smithsonian Associates coming up, and the title of his Smithsonian Associates presentation is There Goes the Sun: A Total-Solar-Eclipse Countdown: so please check out our show notes today for more details.  My thanks to the Smithsonian team for all they do to support the show. You’ll find more information about  Smithsonian Associates in our show notes today.  My thanks to you, my wonderful Not Old Better Show audience on radio and podcast…please be well and be safe during these times.  Please, be kind to one another, and let’s do better.  Let’s talk about Better™…the Not Old Better Show on radio and podcast, Smithsonian Associates Author Interview series…