Astronomer and science communicator Phil Plait will explain the April 8 total solar eclipse during a presentation Feb. 27 at Indiana University East.

Plait will teach how to safely view the eclipse, explain the science and debunk misconceptions about the eclipse during the 7 p.m. presentation at Vivian Auditorium. Register for the event at

Plait, who’s known as the “Bad Astronomer” online because he calls out misinformation, earned a doctorate in astronomy from the University of Virginia and worked on the Hubble Space Telescope as a NASA contractor. Plait is an author who wrote and hosted the 46-part education online series “Crash Course Astronomy.”

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A version of this article appeared in the January 24 2024 print edition of the Western Wayne News.