Total Eclipse 2024

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Eclipse Programs for Schools, Libraries and More:

Imagine being only 3.4% away from witnessing one of nature's most awe-inspiring spectacles! The Greater Capital Region is on the verge of an astronomical marvel—a solar eclipse of 96.6% totality, bringing us within touching distance of an extraordinary celestial show.

At Dudley, we're bursting with enthusiasm to share our expertise and passion for this celestial wonder. Our team, led by Dr. Mindy Townsend – Siena College's esteemed Dudley Astronomer and seasoned astronomy educator, is geared up to equip your classroom, library, or group home with the knowledge and excitement needed to embrace this upcoming cosmic extravaganza.


Astronomer Lectures:

The Great North American Solar Eclipse 2024: The Science, the History, and Why You Should Get Your Butt to Totality (If Possible)

Solar eclipses have fascinated humans for thousands of years. Myths and rituals were created to explain the Sun’s disappearance and bring it back again. It’s a striking event that people not only see, but experience. Join Dr. Mindy Townsend, astronomer with Dudley at Siena, for a discussion of the history, science, and safe viewing of the 2024 solar eclipse.

Activities and Workshop:

The Great North American Solar Eclipse 2024 Astro Lab

Prepare to be amazed as Dr. Mindy Townsend guides students through hands-on activities unveiling the mysteries behind solar eclipses. Engage in interactive demonstrations, uncovering the 'hows' and 'whys' of this celestial spectacle, uniquely significant in its own right. Students will review safe viewing techniques while learning how to craft their personalized viewing devices, ensuring they're primed for this exceptional and imminent astronomical event.

Dr. Townsend earned her PhD in physics from the University of Kansas studying how massive galaxies grow over time. Now she spends her time talking to anyone who will listen about the wonders of astronomy. 

How do I schedule a session?
Email to check availability and schedule a program. All schools, groups and ages are welcome!

How much does it cost?
Lecture sessions and Astro Labs are $150 per session.

Join Us Under the Crescent Sun

Dudley at Siena and our surrounding area will be at 96.6% of the total eclipse for the upcoming solar eclipse on April 8th, 2024.

If you haven’t already booked yourself a trip to totality for the eclipse – mark your calendars to join Dudley at Siena and fellow science enthusiasts on the Siena College campus and celebrate from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. on the 8th.

Our team will be hosting demos for safe viewing methods, discussing the science behind this phenomenon and playing with fun science and art activities during this rare event. 

**As Siena College will be in session, parking will be very limited. Check out CDTA's public transit options in advance to avoid frustration.

April 2024 is fast approaching – are you ready for The Great North American Solar Eclipse?

This upcoming solar eclipse is a rarity, offering a once-in-a-generation opportunity. The next total solar eclipse visible from the United States won't occur until 2044—making this an experience not to be missed!

Ready to dive into the wonders of astronomy? Dudley at Siena is now scheduling outreach programs to ensure everyone is primed and prepared to savor this near-magical event to its fullest potential.

Don't miss out on this celestial adventure! Reach out to us at to discover how you can bring the thrill and education of this impending cosmic event to your organization ahead of this extraordinary celestial affair.

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