MEDIA ADVISORY: MU to Host American Astronomical Society Planning Workshop for 2017 Total Solar Eclipse
August 22nd, 2014
WHAT: A total solar eclipse of the sun will sweep across the U.S. continent on Aug. 21, 2017. The eclipse, with a total duration of 90 minutes, includes an area of “greatest duration” that falls directly above Columbia, Mo. This is the location where the total eclipse will last the longest along its entire path.
In preparation for the event, MU will host the American Astronomical Society 2017 Total Solar Eclipse in the U.S. Planning Workshop. The planning session will allow national scientists and astronomers the chance to plan important observation and public outreach activities.
“During the 2017 eclipse, the moon’s shadow will cross the continental United States and will offer unique scientific opportunities for the U.S. physics community,” said Angela Speck, professor of astrophysics and director of astronomy in the College of Arts and Science at MU. “Mizzou lies within the path of the eclipse which means about 35,000 students will experience the longest totality of the event at lunch on the first day of the 2017 Fall Semester.”
Planning officials attending the eclipse workshop will arrange scientific talks, plan science and amateur astronomer outreach workshops and ways to communicate safe viewing of the eclipse.
WHERE: Physics Building, MU Campus
WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 21 – Friday, Aug. 22, 2014
NOTE: Registration is now open: $150 for participants, which includes meals.
During lunch on Thursday, attendees will participate in a solar viewing in downtown Columbia using binoculars and telescopes equipped with solar filters.
For more details visit http://aas.org/education/outreach/eclipse-2017
For more information, please contact Angela Speck, firstname.lastname@example.org.