AAS 197, January 2001
Session 51. The Sun
Display, Tuesday, January 9, 2001, 9:30am-7:00pm, Exhibit Hall

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[51.06] Using Total Solar Eclipse Webcasts as Tools for Public Outreach

D. Kisich, I. Hawkins (UC Berkeley, Space Sciences Laboratory)

Total solar eclipses – unique natural events – serve as a ‘hook’ to engage the public in discussions about solar research, NASA’s Sun-Earth Connection theme, and general astronomy. The Sun-Earth Connection Education Forum (SECEF), one of four national centers of space science education and outreach funded by NASA's Office of Space Science, is partnering with science museums and planetaria to support total solar eclipse webcasts. SECEF is using high visibility public events, such as the 1998, 1999 and the upcoming 2001 eclipse events, to highlight NASA research and the people responsible for the science discoveries. We will discuss the outcomes of Eclipse 1998 and Eclipse 1999, produced by Live @The Exploratorium, present lessons learned, and show a video of the Eclipse 1999 which involved the participation of several museums nation-wide. We will also discuss ways for interested scientists to get involved in events for the upcoming “Live from Southern Africa” webcast in June 2001.

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