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Eclipse Over Cleveland

Our Place in Space logoThis lecture is part of the Ritter Library “Our Place in Space: The Ongoing Adventures of Humanity Among the Stars” Lecture Series.

Featuring astronomy educator Jay Ryan

On Monday, April 8, 2024, there will be a total eclipse of the sun over Ohio. All of Cuyahoga County will experience about 3 minutes and 50 seconds of totality.

Enjoy a presentation by Jay Ryan, longtime astronomy educator, and learn what to expect during the first eclipse such as this since 1806.

This is the first such eclipse over Ohio since 1806 when Cleveland was just a tiny frontier settlement at the mouth of the Cuyahoga. There is much to understand and appreciate about this rare and special natural phenomenon. There are also a lot of misconceptions about eclipses and eye safety.

Come out and learn some eclipse facts in a colorful, illustrated program. Ryan shares more about the eclipse at

About Jay Ryan

Jay Ryan has been involved in astronomy education and promotion around the U.S. since 1996. He is a former contributing editor to Sky & Telescope magazine and has published astronomy articles far and wide, including the Atlantic Monthly. Ryan has been involved in eclipse promotion for over 20 years. He helped organize a group of family and friends in 2017 who traveled to Tennessee to witness the last Total Eclipse of the Sun over the U.S.

Event is free and open to the public.
Registration required.


About "Our Place in Space"

The Earth is infinitesimal in the vastness of the cosmos: one planet amidst the unfathomable dimensions of the universe. This year's Ritter Library series explores the progress we've made in understanding our cosmic neighborhood.

  • The first steps taken to reach the stars
  • Human firsts in space exploration
  • Robotics and their role
  • The current state of space exploration
  • Future aspirations

Join us as we explore Our Place in Space.