Members and guests joined us Aug. 1 at the Pacific Science Center for a lecture by Dennis Schatz, nationally recognized astronomy educator.

Dennis is an eclipse junkie, who not only knows the finer details of penumbras and the probability of clouds on Monday, Aug. 21, but also can tell you what it would take to get yourself into the path of this total eclipse (given that most hotels and rentals are booked), how animals react in a total eclipse, and the unique role of public libraries in the lead-up to this eclipse. If you ask, he can explain the logistical problem of 100m people trying to get to (and fit in) the “zone of totality.”

As part of the Science Center’s “Science in the City” series, the lecture covered eclipse basics. Afterward, Dennis met with us at Teku Tavern to talk shop.