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The total solar eclipse of 21 August 2017 will sweep across the US continent for a 90-minute total duration. This eclipse will provide an unprecedented opportunity to conduct several important observations and unique public-outreach activities.

A second planning workshop will be held in Columbia, Missouri, 21-22 August 2014. The main goal of this 2nd Eclipse 2017 workshop is to get organized as a community of scientists and amateurs to prepare the public for this event. The meeting will start with a few invited scientific talks to set the stage for the unique science that can be achieved with total solar eclipses in general, and the 2017 eclipse in particular, and with presentations by amateurs and community leaders. This will be followed by a number of discussion sessions focusing on the different aspects of planning, tasks, dissemination of information in different communities along the eclipse path, the establishment of working groups, and how often we should meet in the future until the event itself.

A live broadcast via Ustream of TSE2017 Planning Workshop will be available on August 21 and 22. See the "August 2014 Workshop Agenda" for speakers and local broadcast times. No signup necessary unless watching from a mobile device (mobile Ustream app and app signup/login required--search for "eclipse2017").

Program begins each day at 9:00am CDT = 1400 UT.

21 Aug 2014 Ustream link:

22 Aug 2014 Ustream link:

Anyone interested in giving a talk should email Shadia Habbal ( and provide a title and short abstract/summary of the presentation. If you are interested in a leadership/organizational role in your local community, please let Shadia know as well. The different outcomes of the meeting will be recorded and distributed at the end of the workshop. Volunteers for note-taking are needed.

This is a huge community effort and everyone's input will be extremely valuable.

Workshop Location: University of Missouri at Columbia, Physics Building. Campus Parking: 4.00 per day.

Workshop Dates: 21-22 August 2014.

Workshop Registration: The registration fee of 150.00 includes lunches: Aug 21 & 22; Dinner: Aug 21. Fill out and return the registration form to Kristin Pada, (808) 956-7635,, or fax to (808) 988-2790. See form for specific instructions.

Workshop Lodging: Broadway Lodging, 1111 East Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201. Make your own reservation on or before July 19 using the hotel event code. Rooms for this event will only be held until 19 July 2014.

Hotel Event Code: Eclipse Workshop (ECL).

Hotel Phone: (573) 875-7000

Online Reservations:

Lodging Daily Rate: 139.00 + tax = 156.00 per night. The workshop rate is good for 3 days before and after this event. Check in: 4 PM. Check out: 11 AM.

Hotel Parking: 10.00 per night.

Internet access: free.

Airport to Hotel Service. The Broadway offers to and from the airport transportation for their guests. Schedule SUV transportation in advance by calling the front desk, bellman service: 573.875.7000

There are limited funds available for participant travel support. If you require financial assistance, please contact Shadia Habbal (

Announcements of future workshops and information about planned outreach activities will be posted here.

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