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On 21 August 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 all phases of the eclipse. The Moon's shadow will sweep across the country starting mid morning in Oregon with just under two minutes of totality and reaching maximum duration of approximately 2 minutes 40 seconds in Southern Illinois before exiting over South Carolina mid afternoon.

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 Workshop IV took place in Carbondale, Illinois, on Friday and Saturday, 10 and 11 June 2016, at the SIU Carbondale Student Center, hosted by Bob Baer and Shadia Habbal. The meeting hastag is #Eclipse2017Workshop

Workshop Program:  link.

Webcast Available Online:
   Day 1, JUNE 10, 2016, by WSIU (campus PBS):
   Day 2, JUNE 11, 2016 USTREAM by Karen Teramura:

Workshop Pictures are on You do not need to have a Facebook account to see the pictures with the direct link to the photo albums below. Select "Not Now" if asked to login. Click on the picture shown to activate the Facebook slide browser. Scroll to the next slide by using the pop up arrows. Karen Teramura will be adding more pictures. Share your pictures by attaching them to an email and send them to karenter at
   Day 1
   Day 2
   Group Photo

Workshop Presenters:
   Michael Bakich, Astronomy Magazine
   David Baron, former NPR correspondent
   Bob Baer, SIU Carbondale eclipse committee
   Fred Espenak, “Mr. Eclipse”
   Don Ficken, St. Louis Astronomical Society, St. Louis Eclipse Task Force
   Chris Giersch, NASA Edge
   Shadia Habbal, Solar Physicist, University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy
   Lou Mayo, NASA Eclipse 2017
   Michelle Nichols, Adler Planetarium
   Taryn Maon, Adler Planetarium
   Matt Penn, NSO, Citizen CATE Experiment
   Jay Ryan,
   Jim Todd, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
   Mark Steven Williams,
   Ernie Wright, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
   Michael Zeiler,
   Charles Fulco, former Planetarium and Space Sciences Director, Port Chester (NY) Public Schools
   Mike Kentrianakis, AAS Solar Eclipse Project Manager for Eclipse 2017
   Dan McGlaun,
   Luca Quaglia, Flash Spectrum Cinematography
   Cinnamon Wheeles-Smith, Carbondale Tourism
   Xavier Jubier, Google Interactive Eclispe Maps

Workshop Attendees: preliminary list available.

Local Contacts for this workshop:

Bob Baer, SIU Carbondale Physics Department –, 618-453-2729

Leslie Brock, Conference and Scheduling Services –, O: 618-453-1141, F: 618-453-5680

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):