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Christa Sterling

February 29th, 2024

Now that the Great American Eclipse, Part 2, is in the history books, let’s take a behind-the-scenes look at what went right (millions of people successfully observing the eclipse), what went wrong (massive traffic in New England), and what was just plain silly (selling the eclipse, including $200 parking!). Join Dr. Kristine Larsen as she recounts her personal journey, and those of her friends, across the country, and how victory was snatched from the jaws of defeat.

Dr. Kristine Larsen has been an astronomy professor at Central Connecticut State University since 1989. Her teaching and research focus on the intersections between science and society, including sexism and science; science and popular culture (especially science in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien); and the history of science. She is the author of the books Stephen Hawking: A Biography, Cosmology 101, The Women Who Popularized Geology in the 19th Century, Particle Panic!, Science, Technology and Magic in The Witcher: A Medievalist Spin on Modern Monsters, and the forthcoming The Sun We Share: Our Star in Popular Media and Science.