Committees

Solar Eclipse Task Force

History:  In 2014 the AAS Council approved the formation of the AAS Solar Eclipse Task Force (SETF) to help coordinate national preparations for the “Great American Solar Eclipse” of 21 August 2017. The task force was chaired by Shadia Habbal (University of Hawaii) and Angela Speck (then University of Missouri) and included more than a dozen other professional and amateur astronomers, formal and informal educators, eclipse chasers, science writers, and outreach specialists.

Charge: To function as a think tank, coordinating body, and communication gateway/hub, with responsibilities that include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Identify and involve appropriate astronomy- and eclipse-related organizations, groups, and individuals, and coordinate their efforts to maximize reach/impact and minimize redundancy;
  • Collect existing ideas and generate new ones for eclipse-related education, public outreach, and public engagement, as well as for eclipse-related citizen-science projects;
  • Support/encourage frequent and effective communication and idea sharing among stakeholders;
  • Support/encourage the creation and widespread distribution of good/reliable information about partial, annular, and total solar eclipses, especially how to experience and record them safely;
  • Support/encourage the creation and widespread distribution of good/reliable information about weather prospects, eclipse circumstances, logistics, and other factors relevant to choosing a site from which to view an eclipse;
  • Support/encourage the debunking and quashing of bad/unreliable (mis)information;
  • Work with solar-filter manufacturers, resellers, and online marketplaces to ensure that the public has access to eclipse viewers that meet ISO standards and to instructions for their safe use, and to thwart the sale of filters that do not meet such standards, as occurred in 2017;
  • Enlist the cooperation and assistance/support of the medical and optometric communities;
  • Enlist the cooperation and assistance of the media and broadcast meteorologists, formal and informal educators, artists, musicians, and other messengers/communicators;
  • Enlist the cooperation and assistance of local, state, and federal government officials as well as school administrators and transportation and emergency-management professionals;
  • Enlist the cooperation and assistance of the corporate sector, including (but not limited to) astronomy-related businesses and industries;
  • Encourage as many people as possible to get themselves into the paths of annularity on 14 October 2023 and/or into the path of totality on 8 April 2024.

More on the AAS Solar Eclipse Task Force

Committee Co-Chairs

Angela Speck (She/Her/Hers)

University of Texas, San Antonio
Co-Chair

Term: Nov 2020 – Apr 2024

Claire Raftery (She/Her/Hers)

National Solar Observatory
Co-Chair

Term: Nov 2020 – Apr 2024

Project Manager

Richard Tresch Fienberg (He/Him/His)

American Astronomical Society
Project Manager

Term: Nov 2020 – Apr 2024

Committee Members

Andrew Fraknoi

Fromm Inst./U of San Francisco

Term: Nov 2020 – Apr 2024

Dennis L. Schatz

Institute for Learning Innovation

Term: Nov 2020 – Apr 2024

Gregory R. Schultz

Astronomical Society of the Pacific

Term: Apr 2022 – Apr 2024

ASP Liaison

Pamela L. Gay (She/Her/Hers)

Planetary Science Institute

Term: Nov 2020 – Apr 2024

Jay M. Pasachoff

Williams College

Term: Nov 2020 – Apr 2024

IAU Liaison

Henry D. Winter, III (He/Him/His)

ARISA Lab, LLC

Term: Nov 2020 – Apr 2024

Laura Peticolas

Sonoma State University

Term: Nov 2020 – Apr 2024

Kelly Clark (She/Her/Hers)

American Astronomical Society (AAS)

Term: Nov 2020 – Apr 2024

AAS Staff Liaison

Michael S. Kirk (He/Him/His)

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Term: May 2022 – Apr 2024

Vivian White (She/Her/Hers)

Astronomical Society of the Pacific

Term: Nov 2020 – Apr 2024

ASP Liaison

Kristen Erickson (She/Her/Hers)

NASA Science

Term: Apr 2022 – Apr 2024

Mario E. Motta

American Medical Association

Term: Nov 2020 – Apr 2024

Carrie E. Black

National Science Foundation

Term: Apr 2022 – Apr 2024

NSF Liaison

Michael Zeiler

GreatAmericanEclipse.com

Term: Nov 2020 – Apr 2024

Elsayed R. Talaat

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Term: Apr 2022 – Apr 2024

NOAA Liaison

Brad Conrad

Society of Physics Students

Term: Apr 2022 – Apr 2024

Bob Baer

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Physics Department

Term: Jun 2021 – Jun 2024

Diana Hannikainen (She/Her/Hers)

Sky & Telescope

Term: Nov 2020 – Apr 2024

Michael E. Bakich

Astronomy Magazine

Term: Nov 2020 – Apr 2024

Kate Russo

BeingInTheShadow.com

Term: Nov 2020 – Apr 2024

Laura Radow

Dept of Transportation, Retired

Term: Nov 2020 – Apr 2024

Randy Attwood

Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

Term: Nov 2020 – Apr 2024

RASC Liaison

Shannon P. Reed

NASA/ADNET Systems

Term: Apr 2022 – Apr 2024

Tyler E. Nordgren

Space Art Travel Bureau

Term: Nov 2020 – Apr 2024

Kimberly Eaves

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Term: Apr 2022 – Apr 2024

NOAA Liaison

Kelly Korreck (She/Her/Hers)

NASA

Term: Apr 2022 – Apr 2024

Raúl Mújica García

National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics

Term: Apr 2022 – Apr 2024

NEC Mexico Liaison

Aida Kirichenko

National Autonomous University of Mexico

Term: Apr 2022 – Apr 2024