Posted on February 2, 2018 - 11:54am
Until last Monday morning I was what Berkeley astrophysicist Alex Filippenko calls an “eclipse virgin.” I’d seen partial solar eclipses before, which mostly meant observing the shadows cast on the ground through leaves or through a pinhole in cardboard. A total solar eclipse is different. It’s like a brief opening of the heavens, a fleeting glimpse at celestial perfection. The lead up is an interesting mix of sensations. The temperature drops, the light takes on an eerie quality, and shadows become impossibly crisp.
Posted on August 26, 2017 - 12:15pm
It was all going entirely too well, beginning with the weather.
We are wrapped in sweaters and sitting in an air-conditioned Chinese-made bus as it glides quietly, frigidly through the Cuban countryside. Outside, it’s about 80 degrees and humid, and people walk past the bus or congregate on corners, dressed in shorts and tank tops.
If you are curious about learning more about our upcoming travel reception June 2, 2013 (2:30-4:30 p.m.) here are some questions and answers to guide you:
Q: What exactly happens at the travel reception?
Posted on March 15, 2013 - 10:00am