The upcoming total solar eclipse on April 8 is causing excitement and preparations across the country. This rare celestial event occurs when the moon passes between the earth and the sun, blocking sunlight. The experience of witnessing a total solar eclipse can be awe-inspiring and mysterious.

Mark Breen, director of the planetarium at the Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury, emphasizes the rarity of such an event, as very few people have had the opportunity to see it. This year’s eclipse is especially unique because it will pass over many American cities, allowing more people than ever before to witness it. David Hockey, professor of astronomy at the University of Northern Iowa, emphasizes the significance of this event.

To help people prepare for this rare event, Vermont Public is airing a new half-hour TV special called “The Great American Eclipse.” The program features discussions about the astronomical science behind the solar eclipse, the importance of collecting data during the eclipse, and tips for viewing the eclipse safely to avoid eye damage. The TV special also includes visits to various locations such as a church in Burlington that hosted a homestay program for eclipse visitors, a school observatory in Morristown and a demonstration on how to build a pinhole viewer at Winooski Elementary School.

Thomas Hockey, author of “America’s First Eclipse Chasers,” delves into the history of eclipse viewing. The TV special will premiere on Vermont Public’s flagship TV channel Wednesday, March 27 at 8 p.m., and is available on demand for those who cannot watch it live. With so much information available about this rare event, people can make informed decisions about how to prepare and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

By Samantha Johnson

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