Friends of Astronomy

In 1992 the Department officially inaugurated a group called "Friends of Astronomy" composed mostly of Cornell alumni and friends. This has been a very happy experience with significant interaction between the department and our friends in the wider world.

Anyone with an interest in all things astronomical here at Cornell is welcome to join the Friends of Astronomy group.  If interested in finding out more about the group, write to

  • "Solar Eclipses: Past and Upcoming", Tuesday, October 24 @ 8pm EDT

We invite you to participate in our next Cornell Friends of Astronomy presentation and discussion entitled "Solar Eclipses: Past and Upcoming" to be held via Zoom on Tuesday Oct 24, 2023 at 8pm EDT. Professors Phil Nicholson and Martha Haynes will explain why solar eclipses occur and why they are seen at any specific location only rarely. An "annular" eclipse has just been visible as the Moon's shadow swept across North America last weekend and a total eclipse will be visible also across North America on April 8th, 2024. We will talk about the path of the exciting 2024 eclipse and what issues should be considered in making plans to view it. We also hope to hear from some of you about your experiences with eclipse-viewing. If you have cool images that you have taken of eclipses in the past, including the one last weekend, to share with other participants, please send them to

The event will take place over Zoom on Tue Oct 24th to 8:45 pm EDT. There will be some free time for open discussion and reminiscences by participants from 7:30 pm to 8:00 pm and further Q/A from 8:45 pm to 9:30 pm as needed. The presentation will begin promptly at 8pm. Email for the Zoom link.

Friends of Astronomy Newsletters