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Available Expert - First solar eclipse in nearly 100 years set for Monday

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Queen’s University astronomer David Hanes is one of thousands of scientists heading to the United States to experience the first total solar eclipse to cross the US coast to coast in almost a century. The eclipse will reach its maximum at 2:25 pm EST on Monday, August 21 and the totality path runs from Oregon to Georgia.

“There is no astronomical event that can match the splendour of a total solar eclipse, but their rarity and the narrowness of the critical band of totality means that keen observers may have to plan extensive trips to enjoy the spectacle,” says Dr. Hanes. “Having never seen such an event during a career of more than four decades of astronomical research, I and my family will be heading south from Kingston, Canada to Nashville, Tennessee, to locate ourselves in the eclipse path.”

Due to his travel schedule, Dr. Hanes is only available for phone and email interviews.

To arrange an interview, please contact communications officer Anne Craig (613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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