Join us April 4 and 8 to learn about and experience the 2024 total eclipse.

Student using a telescope in 2017 for the first solar eclipse

Eclipsing with CoSM presented by the College of Science and Mathematics

Thursday, April 4, 2024
6–10 p.m.
Wright State University Dayton Campus
Dixon Upper Hearth Lounge in the Student Union
Open to the public

Join Wright State’s College of Science and Mathematics to learn about eclipses, sun safety, and the interesting effects of eclipses on social psychology in the Dixon Upper Hearth Lounge in the Student Union! Then stay for a screening of Despicable Me in the Medical Sciences building room 127!

  • 6:15–7:45 p.m.—Presentations
    • A Journey into Solar Eclipse Phenomena—Ivan Medvedev, Ph.D.
    • Look, a Solar Eclipse. No, don't look!—Scott Watamaniuk, Ph.D.
    • Solar Psychosis: A Clinical Lens—Navjot Singh and Robert Wyatt, Psychology Club and Psi Chi
  • 8 p.m.—Community screening of Despicable Me in the Medical Sciences building room 127
Students using glasses to view the 2017 solar eclipse


Monday, April 8, 2024
11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Wright State University Dayton Campus - on the North Lawn
Students, Staff, and Faculty only

Students, staff and faculty are welcome to spend the afternoon on campus. Telescopes, pinhole viewing boxes, and safety demos will be available to ensure a great viewing experience. Enjoy food trucks, snacks, giveaways, games, and a Fun Run throughout the day.

Total Solar Eclipse Schedule

Date Time

Eclipsing with COSM Events

Thursday, April 4 6:15 p.m.

A Journey into Solar Eclipse Phenomena—Ivan Medvedev, Ph.D.

  • A solar eclipse is a captivating and somewhat rare astronomical event that occurs when the moon passes directly between the sun and the earth, temporarily obscuring the sun’s light. The talk will cover the basics of orbital motion by the moon and earth that causes eclipses, including types of eclipses and the ways they can be observed by terrestrial observers. In addition, more subtle effects, such as gravitational lensing by the sun (which was used in the early 20th century as an observational test of Einstein’s theory of general relativity) will be discussed.
Thursday, April 4 6:45 p.m.

Look, a Solar Eclipse. No, don't look!—Scott Watamaniuk, Ph.D.

  • This presentation will describe the basic operation of our visual system: the way the receptor cells in our eyes turn light energy into a neural signal the brain understands; the adaptations in our visual system that allow us to see a huge range of light levels, from dim nighttime to bright daytime; and the consequences of damage caused by intense light exposure.
Thursday, April 4 7:15 p.m.

Solar Psychosis: A Clinical Lens—Navjot Singh and Robert Wyatt, Psychology Club and Psi Chi

  • From apocalypses to religious conceptions, the eclipse as a phenomenon has accumulated numerous theories and superstitions. With this in mind, is it any wonder that reactions to this phenomenon have been historically labeled as hysteria? Join us as we dive into the social psychology surrounding eclipses throughout history.
Thursday, April 4 7:45 p.m.


Thursday, April 4 8 p.m.

Despicable Me, Medical Sciences building room 127

Stargazing with the Astronomy Club, Hamilton Plaza


Date Time Total Solar Eclipse Events
Monday, April 8 11 a.m.

Totality: Solar Eclipse 2024

  • Live Music from WWSU
  • Food Trucks
  • Telescopes—Wright State University Astronomy Club and Physics Department
  • Pinhole viewing boxes—Astronomy Club and Physics Department
  • Safety demos (tentative)
  • Free snacks
    • Moon Pies
    • Sun Chips
    • Starry Soda
    • Water
  • Lawn Games—Campus Recreation
    • Cornhole
    • Spikeball
    • Can Jam
  • Giveaways
    • Viewing glasses
    • Mylar blankets to the first 100
    • T-shirts to the first 100
    • Stickers
  • NASA livestream on campus TV’s
Monday, April 8 12:30 p.m.

Total(ly) Fun Eclipse Run, BART

Get total(ly) psyched to witness a solar eclipse with a one-mile fun run or walk, starting at 12:30 p.m. Don't worry, the eclipse doesn't begin until 1:53 with totality at 3:10, so you will have plenty of time after to find a great viewing spot; maybe you'll find the best spot on campus during your run! Glasses will be provided so you can take a peek at the eclipse progress during this total(ly) fun run. 

Free T-Shirt to the first 50 people. Register now!

Monday, April 8 1:53 p.m.


  • Beginning: 1:53 p.m.
  • Maximum: 3:10 p.m.
  • End: 4:28 p.m.
Monday, April 8 5 p.m. Event ends



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