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General Meeting – January 2024

January 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm PST


January 12
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm PST
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"What's Up?"
Chris Butler from OCA


Irvine Lecture Hall of the Chapman University
336 N Center St
Orange, CA 92866 United States
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This is a free and open to the public hybrid event, held both inperson and online. Due to the newly effective insurance requirements, we regret that we can not allow people under 18 on the Chapman Campus, they are welcome to attend online.

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This meeting’s speaker will present inperson from the Chapman University’s campus.



The [2nd] Great North American



Solar Eclipse




For the second time in just under seven years, the United States will experience another total solar eclipse (TSE) — the first such occultation since the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, which traced a path from the Oregon coastline to Charleston, South Carolina, observed by nearly 215 million people. On April 8th of next year, another TSE will be seen (weather cooperating) in the continental U.S.   This event shall be the last such eclipse visible in the domestically, until August 23, 2044, followed by another TSE on August 12, 2045.

Like the 2017 event, many large cities lie in the path of totality — chief among them being San Antonio, Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, and Waco, TX, as well as Indianapolis, IN, Cleveland, OH, and Buffalo and Rochester, NY.

The presentation shall focus on the overall circumstances of the April 8th eclipse, synoptic weather prospects for selected observation venues, as well as providing some helpful suggestions regarding preparations for those interested in attempting to view totality.



Professor Joel Harris has been traveling throughout the world to observe solar eclipses since 1973 — totaling 50 years of eclipse chasing, encompassing some 22 total eclipse events, and having spent over an hour within the lunar umbra.

His first eclipse experience was as part of a scientific team supporting the noted American solar astronomer, Dr. Donald Menzel of Harvard Observatory, in the Mauritanian Sahara Desert in 1973.

Professor Harris spent 17 years in the defense and aerospace industries as a senior systems engineer, having earned both his bachelor’s degree in electrical/electronic engineering, and his master’s in systems engineering.

He has been awarded the NASA Group Achievement Award for his public relations work as project information officer supporting the Galileo Project at Jet Propulsion Laboratory from 1982 – 1986, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in 2018.

Harris currently lives in Newbury Park, CA, with his wife of 23 years, Patti, their rescue dogs Bailey and Sadie, and his “B flat Grey Tabby” cat, Miranda.