Astronomy Magazine experts available to discuss Aug. 21 total solar eclipse

Published: June 5, 2017
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On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will cut a swath across the United States, blocking the Sun’s light for as long as 2 minutes and 40 seconds. This event is expected to be the most observed eclipse in history, with millions of people living along the path of darkness and millions more traveling to it. Geographically, it will be the most widely visible total eclipse over the United States since the summer of 1918, nearly a century ago. 

Astronomy Magazine, the world’s largest circulation publication on the topic, has a unique blend of scientific knowledge and experience with the hobby of astronomy. Our experts can speak about all aspects of the eclipse and the experience of viewing it, as well as the science of solar physics involved with our star. They are available for TV, radio, podcasts and print media interviews. 

Astronomy Magazine has a print circulation of 100,000, receives 800,000 unique visitors per month to its website, Astronomy.com, and a social media reach of 1.3 million. Altogether, it represents the largest community of astronomy enthusiasts on Earth. 

Available experts:

David J. Eicher: The magazine’s chief editor, Eicher has been an active astronomy enthusiast since age 15. Eicher hosts Astronomy’s exclusive web video series, “The Real Reality Show,” now in its second season, and is your go-to guy for explaining astronomy to a lay audience. Eicher is author or editor of 21 books, including The New Cosmos, Comets! and The Universe from Your Backyard. He’ll see this year’s eclipse from Jackson Hole, Wyoming. 

Michael E. Bakich: Senior Editor Bakich is a veteran astronomy enthusiast, planetarium astronomer, and author of a number of books on astronomy, including Your Guide to the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. Bakich has organized what promises to be the largest group-viewing event in the nation in the city of St. Joseph, Missouri. He is well versed in both the science and hobby of astronomy, and is a popular speaker at amateur astronomy events. 

Richard Talcott: Senior Editor Rich Talcott is also highly skilled with both the science and hobby of astronomy, having taught astronomy at Marietta College in Ohio prior to his 31-year career at Astronomy Magazine. Rich is an eclipse expert, having written the book Chasing the Shadow: An Observer’s Guide to Eclipses, as well as other books such as Teach Yourself Visually Astronomy. He is a veteran of 12 total eclipses in which he glimpsed the Moon’s shadow. 

Kalmbach Publishing Co., based in suburban Milwaukee, publishes 12 special-interest magazines—including Discover, Drone360, and Trains—and produces related books, websites and events for enthusiasts.

CONTACT:

David J. Eicher, Editor, deicher@astronomy.com, 262-798-6603

Stephen C. George, Vice President, Content, sgeorge@discovermagazine.com, 262-798-6656