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Experts available to discuss April 8, 2024 solar eclipse

McMaster astronomers are available to discuss the upcoming total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024

A total eclipse will darken the skies across North America, with the path of totality crossing parts of southern Ontario. It’s the first time a total eclipse has taken place in Canada since 1979.

Robert Cockcroft, assistant professor of physics and astronomy and the director of McMaster’s William J. McCallion Planetarium is an expert on space, astronomy, and science education. To arrange an interview with Robert Cockcroft, please contact him at:

Claude Cournoyer-Cloutier is a PhD candidate in astrophysics. She is a presenter at McMaster’s William J. McCallion Planetarium and McMaster’s Portable Planetarium and has longstanding interest in outreach and science communication. She can answer questions in both English and French. To interview Claude, please email her at:

A full list of eclipse events presented by McMaster’s Department of Physics and Astronomy can be found here.

The celestial event isn’t without its risks. Staring directly at an eclipse without proper eye protection can cause serious damage to the eye. Two McMaster University experts are available to speak about the dangers.

Henry Siu, an associate professor with McMaster’s Department of Family Medicine, can be reached directly at

Enitan Sogbesan, an ophthalmologist and an associate professor with McMaster’s Department of Surgery, can be reached at