College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Doermann Distinguished Lecture

Hosted by the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at The University of Toledo!

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Title: "Experiencing Totality: The Great Total Eclipse of 2024"

Guest lecturer: Fred Espenak, "Mr. Eclipse"

Fred Espenak "Mr. Eclipse"

6 p.m. | Light Refreshments
7 p.m. | Lecture

Doermann Theatre
University Hall
2801 W. Bancroft St.
Toledo, OH 43606

Fred Espenak is a retired NASA Astrophysicist with the Goddard Space Flight Center and the agency's leading expert on eclipses. He was named the 2018-2019 College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics Distinguished Alum, M.S. '76, Physics.

On April 8, 2024, the Moon will pass in front of the Sun and plunge Toledo into darkness for one to two minutes. The last total solar eclipse visible in Toledo was in 1806 and the next one won't be visible in Toledo until 2099. When viewing the eclipse from a location where the shadow of the Moon completely covers the Sun — the path of totality — you will see a total solar eclipse, one of the most majestic sights on Earth.

Espenak has written dozens of books on eclipses, generated predictions and maps for over 10,000 solar eclipses, and created three websites devoted to eclipses. He has participated in 34 eclipse expeditions around the world, including Antarctica. His photographs have been published in numerous magazines and appeared on the USPS postage stamp commemorating the 2017 eclipse across the USA.

Mr. Espenak will have some of his eclipse books available and will be holding a book signing after the lecture!

This is a FREE public lecture open to the community, as well as all faculty, staff, alumni and students at UToledo!

Registration is greatly appreciated but not required. RSVP Here

NOTE: Parking will be free in Lot 1N from 5:30pm-9pm. (Parking Guidelines: Disability, metered, patient and reserved spaces are enforced 24/7 and will not be suspended. All vehicles must be parked in designated lined parking spaces to avoid violations.)

For more information on the Doermann Distinguished Lecture, contact the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at or 419.530.7840.

Details on the Total Solar Eclipse, April 8, 2024 and viewing party at the UToledo Glass Bowl!

Last Updated: 1/24/24