Saturday, August 19
Guests: Jay Pasachoff, Derrick Pitts, Dave Goldberg
The excitement is growing in anticipation of Mondayâ€™s solar eclipse. Parts of the United States lie in the â€śpath of totalityâ€ť and will experience a total solar eclipse as the moon completely covers the sun. Those of us in the Delaware Valley, however, will see a partial eclipse, when about 80 percent of the sun will be blocked by the moon. Today weâ€™ll talk about what to expect on Monday, where to go and how to view it safely. And weâ€™ll talk about the science â€“ what astronomers have learned from studying eclipses in the past and what they hope to learn on Monday. Martyâ€™s guests are JAY PASACHOFF, a professor of astronomy at Williams College who has seen over 60 eclipses, DERRICK PITTS, chief astronomer and director of the planetarium at the Franklin Institute, and DAVE GOLDBERG, a professor of physics at Drexel University.