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American Eclipse

Étienne Léopold Trouvelot, Public Domain via Wikipedia
Total eclipse of the sun. July 29, 1878, Creston, Wyoming Territory.

With a rare total solar eclipse slated to hit parts of the United States next week, we’re taking the opportunity to talk to science journalist David Baron. In his new book, he tells the story of the 1878 eclipse which had throngs of American scientists racing West to witness and study the celestial phenomenon. Baron is obsessed with eclipses himself, and he joins Doug to talk about how mind-blowing a total solar eclipse can be to both 19th and 21st-century observers.

David Baron is a science journalist and former environment correspondent for NPR.  He's the author of The Beast in the Garden and his new book American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World. [Indie bookstores|Amazon|Audible]

If you're heading into the eclipse path, you need to plan ahead! Here are some tips to make your experience as smooth as possible:

Can't make the trip? Northern Utah will experience a ~92% solar eclipse, with maximum coverage at 11:33 a.m.

  • Utah Valley Astronomy Club [Details]
  • Clark Planetarium will be at Wheeler Farm and The Gateway Plaza [Details]
  • Salt Lake County Library Events/Multiple Locations [Details]
  • Ogden Valley Library [Details]
  • Ogden Treehouse Museum [Details]
  • Tremonton City Library [Details]
  • Logan Library [Details]

Or from the comfort of your own computer:

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.