2023 Annular Eclipse Poster – Tyler Nordgren

There is a retro-style backdrop of stacked stones, reminiscent of the American west. A convertible with a trailer attached to back drives along the road, under a stone archway. An annular eclipse is against the sky, shown as a yellow ring surrounding a black circle. Part of the eclipse path against a map of the U.S. is in the background. The poster reads "October 14, 2023. Visit hundreds of City, County, State and National Parks & Public Lands. Experience the Great Western RING OF FIRE ECLIPSE from America's Scenic Wonder Land."
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CreditNASA/Tyler Nordgren
Historical DateApril 14, 2023
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To celebrate the special role of eclipses in connecting art and science, creatives across NASA will be sharing their eclipse-inspired artwork in anticipation of two solar eclipses that will cross the United States on October 14, 2023, and April 8, 2024. This poster was created by Tyler Nordgren.

Tyler Nordgren is a professional astronomer and artist. He holds a Ph.D. in Astronomy from Cornell University where he investigated dark matter. For two decades he was a professional astronomer at the U.S. Naval Observatory, Lowell Observatory, and the University of Redlands. Since 2007 he has worked with the National Park Service to promote dark skies education and outreach, writing the book “Stars Above, Earth Below: A guide to astronomy in the national parks.” As an artist, his vintage- style “Half the park is after dark” posters are on sale in state and national parks across the country.

"I spent a lot of years driving around the American Southwest, visiting many of the state and national parks that will be in the path of this upcoming eclipse. This view captures the feeling of a number of those places I loved so much. I chose the color palette and typestyle to reflect that midcentury moment when so many families were first hitting the road in the 1950s, visiting these places for the first time themselves. To me, the eclipse above and landscape below represent a spectacular world waiting to be discovered anew."