"The Great American Eclipse"

Written by Paul Sutter on Monday, 06 March 2017. Posted in From The Desk of...The Chief Scientist

Save the date: on the afternoon of Monday, August 21st, the moon will cover the face of the sun, the day will turn to night, and it's time to party!

A total solar eclipse is coming to the US, and the whole nation will get to enjoy it. Something like 95% of the population will be within range of at least 3/4 totality, including Columbus. In our city we'll get between 85-90%, so at 2:30 in the afternoon the sun will just be a thin sliver in the sky. As I type this memo, we're putting together a plan involving COSI and community partners like OSU's Department of Astronomy to make sure as many people as possible get to safely enjoy nature's spectacle.

But I won't be in Columbus on the 21st. I'll be in Nashville. The line of totality - where the sun is 100% covered by the moon and the corona becomes visible - stretches from the Oregon coast, over the Rockies via the Grand Teton National Park, through the great plains, across the Appalachians, and out through South Carolina. And Nashville is the only major city along that path.

I'll be leading a bus trip to see the total eclipse, then we'll take in the sights and sounds of Music City for a few more days. And I'd love for you to join me! We're infusing the trip with all sorts of fun COSI activities, and I'll be there during and after the eclipse to answer your burning (ha!) questions about the sun. COSI team members are more than welcome to join the fun, and you can check out cosi.org/adults for more info.

About the Author

Paul Sutter

Paul Sutter

Paul Sutter is COSI's Chief Scientist. He is an astrophysicist and offers a wealth of knowledge about our universe. In addition to his COSI position, Paul Sutter is a Cosmological Researcher and Community Outreach Coordinator at The Ohio State University's Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics (CCAPP).