Astronomer and solar eclipse expert Jay Pasachoff dies at 79

Jay Pasachoff, an astronomer who traveled the world for more than 50 years to witness 74 solar eclipses and was one of the world’s foremost experts on such views from the sky, has died aged 79.

Pasachoff, professor of astronomy at Field Memorial and director of the Hopkins Observatory at Williams College, died Sunday, Nov. 20 at his home in Williamstown, Mass. His wife Naomi Pasachoff identified lung cancer as the cause of death.

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