Solar Eclipse 2024

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Save the date: Monday, April 8, 2024

Case Western Reserve University is excited to host a community watch party for the total solar eclipse. Bring your friends and family to Freiberger Field for an afternoon of science-led activities from the CWRU students, faculty, and staff. 

Join Case Western Reserve University for lunch and a faculty panel before witnessing a rare celestial event.

Monday, April 8, 2024 
12:00-2:00 p.m.
Tinkham Veale University Center
Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Grand Ballroom
11038 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH 44106

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Featuring expert panelists:
Paul Iversen, Classics for Ancient Civilizations
Aviva Rothman, History
and more!

Moderated by Provost and Executive Vice President Joy K. Ward

A viewing party will follow on Freiberger Field.

The luncheon is free to attend, but registration is required. Register here.

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Wednesday, 3/20/24 7:30–8:30 p.m.

Think Forum: David Baron - Scientific America: The Eclipse that Enlightened a Nation

Author, public radio journalist, eclipse chaser

Scientific America: The Eclipse that Enlightened a Nation (read more...)

Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center


4:30 p.m. Astronomy & Awe: A Historical Journey The night skies have long inspired awe, and the history of astronomy can be told via the stories of the many star-struck individuals who channeled that awe into new arguments about the universe and our place within it. In her talk Aviva Rothman, Inaugural Dean’s Associate Professor in the Department of History, will highlight some of those people—from Copernicus to Einstein—and the ways that their stories intersected with a particular variety of awe-inspiring astronomical phenomena: the novel, rare, or unexpected. This event will also feature a pop-up exhibit of rare books from Kelvin Smith Library's Special Collections. (learn more) Kelvin Smith Library


7:00 p.m. Eclipses 101: The Astronomy, Physics, and Planetary Science of Eclipses This will be a basic introduction on the physical sciences of eclipses in general and the April 8 total solar eclipse in particular. We will describe what lunar and solar eclipses are, the factors that come into determining when and where they occur, and where they can be seen, the inclination of the moon's orbit relative to the ecliptic, the Saros series, etc. Maybe also some general information about the corona of the sun, what we see during an eclipse, safety issues including why you need glasses (UV is not your eye's friend) and -- if there is some time, maybe a bit of history on how solar eclipse observations led to the confirmation of Einstein's General Relativity. Format will be a tag-team lecture panel with lots of time for Q&A.

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Registration link coming soon. Email  Corbin Covault for more information.


10:00 a.m. 2024 Vendor Fair by Avantor The CWRU Postdoctoral Association is proud to present the 2024 Vendor Fair by Avantor on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2024 in the Wolstein Research Building Lobby from 10am - 1:30pm. Discover what's new in reagents, supplies, and research techniques, and support your own postdocs! The theme this year is the solar eclipse, which is happening on April 8th. Come get some free solar eclipse glasses and enter for space themed raffle prizes including tickets to the Great Lakes Science Center! - Various unique suppliers will be on campus! - Enter for a chance to win one of our door prizes! - Grab a free bite to eat for lunch! Please RSVP to attend the VWR Vendor Fair. (This will allow us to order the food accordingly.) Walk-ins are still welcome! Bring your CWRU ID to check-in to the event. Visit 8 vendors for a free lunch and to be entered in the prize drawing. Solar eclipse themed giveaways and raffle prizes!

Wolstein Lobby

Register here, or email Felicia Moss, Director of Postdoc Affairs


10:00 a.m. Superstition & Science: Eclipses in the Greco-Roman World This in person lecture will be offered by John Sarkissian Professor Emeritus, Classics, Youngstown State University. As an eclipse comes over Northeast Ohio on April 8th, this lecture will examine examples of eclipses in ancient Greek and Latin literature. Among philosophers, Thales was said to have predicted the eclipse of May 585 BCE and Anaxagoras (5th Century BCE) accurately explained the causes. Nevertheless, superstitions about eclipses persisted in the Greco-Roman world, and the historians Herodotus, Thucydides, Livy and Tacitus describe the effects they had on people. This presentation will survey what the ancients had to say about these natural phenomena. (learn more) CWRU-Siegal Lifelong Learning, 25700 Science Park Drive, Beachwood, OH
5:30 p.m. Lights Out: Preparing for the Solar Eclipse Alumni are invited for conversation and apps at the Jolly Scholar. We will then walk over to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History for their after hours event that will be focused on the upcoming eclipse.  All WSOM graduates are invited to attend. Please email Katya Wilkins to inquire. 

Monday, 4/8/24

2:00 p.m. Total Eclipse Viewing, Astronomy Department Telescopes will be set up on the Quad with projection or filtering capabilities so that the eclipse can be seen in magnified form. (learn more) CWRU Quad


7:30 p.m. From Darkness into Light: Excerpts from Handel’s Messiah The CWRU Baroque Orchestra and Early Music Singers join vocalists from the Historical Performance Program (CWRU) and the Cleveland Institute of Music to present excerpts from G.F. Handel’s Messiah. In honor of the day’s earlier eclipse, excerpts focus on the Messiah’s death and resurrection and will include “The People That Walk in Darkness,” “Rejoice greatly” and the “Hallelujah” Chorus. (learn more) Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center