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On August 21, 2017, a total eclipse of the Sun will cross the United States from coast to coast, giving tens of millions of people in a 70-mile-wide path from Oregon to South Carolina a chance to see the solar corona and experience “darkness at midday.” Outside the path of totality, all of North America will experience a partial eclipse. This event, the first total solar eclipse to touch the US mainland since 1979 and the first to span the continent since 1918, presents a unique opportunity to excite people about science and connect them personally to the cosmos, as well as to conduct several important scientific observations. We are a working group dedicated to the science and public outreach of this unique event.

The Eclipse 2017 Planning Workshop in Portland, Oregon, at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry was highly successful. Many tasks were identified, with groups and individuals taking the lead on getting them completed within the next 6 to 9 months. The next workshop will be held in Carbondale, Illinois on June 11 and 12, 2016. Anyone interested in joining the activities for public education and awareness for the great American Eclipse, please contact Shadia Habbal at

     2015 Workshop Program

     2015 Workshop Attendees

     The live stream Ustream broadcast is still available for a few more days. The URL:

     Workshop photos are now available. Credit: Karen Teramura, University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy.


This is a huge community effort, and everyone's input will be extremely valuable. If you are interested in becoming an active member of our Eclipse2017 group, your information can be added to our email list and Google Drive for ongoing discussions and document sharing by contacting Shadia Habbal (

Announcements of future workshops and information about planned outreach activities will be posted here. Anyone interested in hosting a future workshop should contact Shadia Habbal.

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Links to reliable websites:
Great American Eclipse
Predictions for Solar and Lunar Eclipses

Click on the following image to see a poster describing the first planning workshop (2.4 MB JPEG):