Dr Kate Russo. Photo/Paul McErlane.

Date: Friday 14th October | Time: 1.30pm – 2.30pm

Dr Kate Russo

Dr Kate Russo is an Australian author, psychologist and eclipse chaser who has lived in Belfast for almost 20 years. Professionally, she is a Clinical Psychologist and academic, formerly with Queen’s University Belfast.

She became hooked after seeing her first total solar eclipse from France in 1999, and has since seen ten total eclipses in her 15 years of chasing. As a psychologist, she researches the eclipse experience and has published two books: Total Addiction: The Life of an Eclipse Chaser; and Totality: The Total eclipse of 2012 in Far North Queensland. She has become a leading authority on the eclipse experience, and now helps with planning, events and media on the ground in the lead up to every eclipse. Her message is clear – a total solar eclipse can be enjoyed by everyone – and not just bearded men with telescopes.Kate has been involved with community eclipse planning since the total eclipse occurred in her home region of North Queensland, Australia in 2012. After this, she became the Eclipse Consultant for the Faroe Islands in 2015, relocating to the islands in advance of the eclipse to help out on the ground. Her joint Eidi community / tour group event with the Independent Traveller was the base for the BBC Stargazing Live broadcast in the islands on eclipse day. In August 2015, Kate launched a White Paper on Community Eclipse Planning at the Eclipse Planning Taskforce meeting in Oregon, freely distributing this guidance across the path of totality. She is involved in planning efforts in the U.S., attending meetings, teleconferences and undertaking Skype consultations with coordinators across the path of totality.

Kate has now left her psychology career to focus upon her eclipse activities. She is planning to relocate to the U.S. by the end of 2016, and will be doing a high profile six month tour of the path of totality. She will again be leading a tour with The Independent Traveller, and viewing from Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

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Lecture synopsis

The Total Solar eclipse of August 21, 2017 – All you need to know

The eclipse of 2017 is being referred to as the ‘Great American Eclipse’, as the path of totality only makes landfall across North America, crossing 12 states from Oregon in the north west to South Carolina in the East. This talk will provide an overview of the path of totality, where the favoured spots are, and what plans are being made. This is one of the most accessible total eclipses of the decade.

Post lecture Kate will be doing book signing and available for any questions on the IAS booth.

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