Panel Discussion 2 Total Solar Eclipse 2017: Science under the Shadow of the Moon

Wednesday, 25 January 2017: 1:30 PM-2:30 PM
4C-2 (Washington State Convention Center )
Host: 14th Conference on Space Weather
Madhulika Guhathakurta, NASA, Washington, DC
Shadia Habbal, University of Hawaii, Institute for Astronomy, Honolulu, HI; Louis Mayo, GSFC, Greenbelt, MD; Gregory Earle, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ., Center for Space Science and Engineering Research, Blacksburg, VA and Richard Eckman, NASA, Washington, DC

A Total Solar Eclipse is widely regarded as the most incredible, breathtaking natural phenomenon visible from Planet Earth. Many fortunate to have seen such an eclipse attest to the awe and wonder of this amazing spectacle. Some have even found it a life-changing, transformational experience. While many eclipses have occurred elsewhere in the world, only a tiny fraction of Americans have traveled abroad to witness this celestial wonder. Totality will be seen in 14 states from Oregon to South Carolina. Observers in the path will experience totality lasting for up to 2m 44s. But everyone in North America will see the eclipse in partial phase. The moon’s umbral shadow will take almost ninety minutes to cross the country from just south of Portland, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. There are only two of these opportunities over the next 25 years, 2017 and again on April 8th, 2024. The 2017 Eclipse will be the trailblazer for the 2024 event and will establish the baseline data and determine what new measurements will be required in 2024 The 2017 Total Eclipse of the Sun will be one of the most widely observed, most filmed and photographed, most studied and documented, and most appreciated astronomical events in human history. This panel will discuss and share some of the science, citizen science, and education and outreach activities being organized during this celestial event.

1:30 PM
Opening Remarks - Madhulika Guhathakurta
1:45 PM
Shadia Habbal, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
2:00 PM
Louis Mayo, GSFC, Greenbelt, MD
2:15 PM
Gregory Earle, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ., Blacksburg, VA
2:30 PM
Richard Eckman, NASA, Washington, DC
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