Eclipse Experience Zoom Series

Can’t wait for the event of a lifetime—the April 8 total solar eclipse? We can’t either! Join us in the weeks preceding the eclipse for an astronomy-themed Zoom series. And even with our focus on the skies, we can’t forget about our appetites. The series will conclude with an annual favorite, the Paul Smith’s College Culinary and Hospitality Program cooking demo—this year featuring space-themed delectables!

Programs are Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom. Each requires a separate registration. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation with the link to the program.

Missed one? Recordings will be available below after each live program.

You may also be interested in our Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Event

Upcoming Events

Previous Eclipse Experience Programs

Out of this World Cooking Demo

Wednesday, April 3, 2024 | 7:00 pm

Join us for a delicious evening of cooking featuring faculty and students from the Culinary and Hospitality Program at Paul Smith’s College, the College of the Adirondacks. Chef Kevin and the students will cover a variety of exciting dishes to include:

Squid Ink Risotto with Rocket, Calamari Croutons and Sunny Saffron Nage

Fire Roasted Sweet potato, crispy poached egg, black bean salsa

About the Speakers

Chef Kevin is a native of Sylvan Beach in Oneida County and a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. He previously worked as the executive chef at The Point resort on Upper Saranac Lake and was the executive chef at the Lake Placid Lodge. He is an Associate Professor at Paul Smith’s College a Certified Executive Chef and a Certified Culinary Educator through The American Culinary Federation.

Nathan is from Glens Falls, NY and is currently a junior in the Culinary Management Program.

When Day Turns Into Night

Wednesday, March 20, 2024 | 7:00 pm

On April 8, an eclipse of the Sun will be visible from the Adirondacks. Join astronomer Dr. Michael West as we explore the mysteries of eclipses and how these breathtaking events have shaped human history, culture, and our understanding of the universe. Whether you’re a seasoned stargazer or just curious, you’ll get tips on watching eclipses safely, learn what they reveal about the Sun, and discover why there will be no more eclipses someday.

About the Speaker

Michael West joined Lowell Observatory’s science team in 2015. Prior to joining Lowell, he served as Director of the Maria Mitchell Observatory, Head of Science for the European Southern Observatory, Head of Science Operations at Gemini South, and Professor of Astronomy at the University of Hawaii. He has been the Principal Investigator for six Hubble Space Telescope projects to date, and co-Investigator on numerous others.

Dr. West is also active in astronomy education and public outreach. He is a 2021-2023 U.S. Fulbright Scholar, spending several months in Finland to teach and research science communication with the public. He served on the International Astronomical Union’s Commission on Communicating Astronomy with the Public. He also served as chief astronomy content developer for the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii.

An award-winning writer, his essays have appeared in the Wall Street JournalWashington PostUSA TodayAstronomy magazine and other publications. He is also the author of two books, most recently A Sky Wonderful with Stars: 50 Years of Modern Astronomy on Maunakea.

Imaging the Eclipse

Wednesday, March 6, 2024 | 7:00 pm

This presentation will focus on what to expect from the total solar eclipse coming up on April 8th and how to plan for it. We’ll talk about the phases of a total solar eclipse and the tools and resources you can use to make sure you don’t miss any of it. We’ll cover how to safely view or photograph the sun before, during, and after totality using a range of equipment like solar glasses, binoculars, and sun funnels. And we’ll discuss interesting visual phenomena unique to solar eclipses that you can photograph even more easily and safely than the sun itself.

About the Speaker

Steve Dittmar is a software engineer at IBM in Poughkeepsie by day and, for the last decade, an amateur astrophotographer by night. He’s an instructor for the Adirondack Sky Center & Observatory’s yearly astrophotography workshop and is actively involved year-round with public outreach star parties and topical presentations in the Mid-Hudson Valley area. He enjoys sharing the view through his telescopes and his photography and is recharged every time he hears “Oh wow!” He imaged the 2017 total solar eclipse and will be attempting to image the upcoming total solar eclipse on April 8th as well.