Solar Eclipse Webinar Series

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February 22nd, 2024, 7:00 - 8:30:

Registration closed

March 5th, 2024, 6:00 - 7:30: 

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On April 8th, 2024, a rare total solar eclipse will grace Kingston, ON, promising a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle. To highlight its significance and ensure a safe and unforgettable viewing experience, experts from Queen’s University are convening for a special webinar series. This session will delve into the basics of solar eclipses, point cities along the path of totality (including Kingston!), offer safety tips, and showcase educational materials tailored for this celestial event. Designed to bolster the excitement of the Kingston community, this webinar aims to provide the knowledge and resources necessary to fully appreciate the profound beauty of this cosmic spectacle!

Register here: February 22nd (registration closed), March 5th

Once registered, you will receive a Zoom link and password.

Meet Our Experts

Prof. Sarah Sadavoy

An assistant professor at Queen’s University, Dr. Sarah Sadavoy studies the formation of stars and planets in the Milky Way. Originally coming from Hamilton, Ontario, Prof. Sadavoy did her PhD at University of Victoria before being a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg, Germany and Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, USA. At Queen University, Prof. Sadavoy also serves as the director of the Queen’s observatory and is very actively involved in solar eclipse outreach!

Prof. Robert Knobel

Dr. Robert Knobel, an associate professor and a head of the physics department at Queen’s University, is an expert in nanomechanical and nanoelectronic systems. After completing his PhD at Penn State University in Pennsylvania, Prof. Knobel worked as a researcher at University of California, Santa Barbara. Serving as the chair for the Outreach committee for total solar eclipse, Prof. Knobel is also an avid amateur astronomer!

Prof. Mark Richardson

Hailing from Halifax, NS, Dr. Mark Richardson is the Manager for Education and Public Outreach at the McDonald Institute at Queen’s University. Mark develops education and outreach programs for the Queen’s, Kingston, and Canadian Communities. Mark partners with this community to bring the scientists and the public together to highlight the science happening across the McDonald Institute. Mark previously had research and education roles at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, and Oxford University.

Prof. Laura Fissel

Dr. Laura Fissel, an assistant professor at Queen’s University, spends her time building balloon-borne telescopes to study the physical processes which dictate formation of stars and planets. After completing her PhD at University of Toronto, Prof. Fissel worked as a scientist at Northwestern University in Illinios and National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Virginia.