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Blue Dot: Preparing for the next Great American Eclipse: a visit with Rick Fienberg

Host Dave Schlom is joined by Sky and Telescope magazine senior contributing editor Rick Fienberg to preview the big celestial event coming up soon, the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024.

Fienberg is also the project manager for the American Astronomical Society's Solar Eclipse Task Force. They have applied lessons from the 2017 total solar eclipse to appropriately message the public on how and where to safely view this eclipse, which passes from Texas up through the American heartland and cities like Indianapolis and on into New England.

Along a 115-mile wide path, millions of Americans will get the last chance for decades to view a total eclipse on U.S. soil. As Rick and Dave both like to say, it may not be a once-in-a-lifetime experience (you can travel to other parts of the world to see them) but it is an experience that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime!

Dave Schlom is the longtime host and creator of Blue Dot. From surfing to Voyager in interstellar space, rock guitar to orcas in our imperiled oceans, the topics on Blue Dot are as varied as the host’s interests and connections -- which are pretty limitless! An internationally respected space history journalist, Dave is also deeply fascinated by all aspects of the grand workings of nature’s awesome machinery on scales ranging from galactic to subatomic. And topics take in all aspects of the arts and sciences.
Matt Fidler is a producer and sound designer with over 15 years’ experience producing nationally distributed public radio programs. He has worked for shows such as Freakonomics Radio, Selected Shorts, Studio 360, The New Yorker Radio Hour and The Takeaway. In 2017, Matt launched the language podcast Very Bad Words, hitting the #28 spot in the iTunes podcast charts.