RMSC Hosting AAS Eclipse Planning Workshop

The American Astronomical Society (AAS) Solar Eclipse Task Force will host a solar eclipse planning workshop Friday-Saturday, October 21-22, 2022, at the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC). You’re invited! Don’t miss out!

Two days of plenary panels and breakout sessions will address the practical strategies that community planners need to know to prepare, informed by best practices as well as mistakes from 2017’s Great American Solar Eclipse. You’ll learn:

  • The business of community preparation for eclipse management, including partnerships, traffic, emergency management, working with government
  • Effective communication and marketing: The story to tell and how to tell it well
  • Eclipses for diverse audiences: Ensuring everyone under the Sun has access


Who Should Attend?

  • Educators (PK-college, as well as informal educators like science centers and libraries)
  • Community organizers and local government
  • Members of local and science media
  • Business owners and venue managers
  • Tourism and event coordinators
  • Cultural and arts administrators

In short, YOU! Or a colleague! Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from those who have been there.

The cost to attend is only $150 for two full days of plenary panels and breakout sessions, plus two meals and a cocktail hour on Friday evening. AAS rules require in-person attendees to provide evidence of vaccination and up-to-date boosters via Crowdpass here. Do that first, then register hereThere is also a Zoom link for plenary panels (although not for break-out sessions). Zoom registration ($25). Contact us with any questions.

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“What to Expect When You Are Expecting a Total Solar Eclipse” – Free Public Talk

In addition to the conference, Dr. Kate Russo, author, eclipse chaser, and founder of Being in the Shadow, will be holding a FREE public talk on Thursday, October 20th at 7 PM at the RMSC on “What to Expect When You Are Expecting a Total Solar Eclipse”.

This presentation will provide a detailed understanding of what it is like to experience a total solar eclipse, and why it is of interest to YOU. You will understand that the total eclipse is not just an astronomical event – totality is a spectacular natural event that will leave you in awe and wonder.

Register Here



Help Build LightSound Devices for the Visually Impaired

We will be hosting a “Make-a-thon” of LightSound devices on Thursday, October 20th from 4 PM – 7 PM in our new Dawn F. Lipson Technology Lab. LightSound is an open-source tool developed for those who are visually impaired and auditorily oriented to experience the variation of light intensity during a solar eclipse in real-time (through sound). If you have any previous experience with soldering electronics, then we could use your help!


Register Here