What’s So Hard About Understanding Eclipses?

Dr. Tim Slater

 Of all the wonders of the sky, perhaps the most awesome is that unexpected appearance of an eclipse. Yet, many students encounter unexpected difficulty in explain the physical processes leading to eclipses and their prediction. Recent advances in cognitive science help explain students’ reasoning difficulties and give guidance to amateur astronomers trying to demystify eclipses for the general public.


Dr Tim Slater is a Professor at the University of Wyoming where he holds the Wyoming Excellence in Higher Education Endowed Chair for Science Education. As a member of the UW Physics and Astronomy Department and the College of Education, he is recognized as an expert in education and public outreach in astronomy and space sciences. Professor Slater earned his Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina, his M.S. from Clemson University and he holds two bachelors’ degrees from Kansas State University. He is an author on nearly 100 refereed articles and 11 astronomy textbooks, is the winner of numerous awards, and is frequently an invited speaker on improving public understanding of science.
Tim Slater


Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 10:00