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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 next Eclipse 2017 workshop will take 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. Friday's morning session will be open to the public at large, with presentations to inform the public about the total solar eclipse of 2017. Posters will also be presented to the public at SIU Student Center in the Corker Lounge. The Friday afternoon and Saturday sessions will follow a schedule similar to those at previous workshops with presentations alternating with smaller group discussions, and a final presentation of small group results. Topics will include: The Role of Media, Educational Message - Several local teachers are expected to attend, Education Goals, Alignment with Co-STEM, Events, Partnerships / Collaborations, Citizen Science / Student projects. Webcasting of Day 1 is to be done by WSIU campus PBS station staff. We will post the broadcast link here when it becomes available.

Workshop Program: is now being determined. If you would like to present to the group or to the general public, please email Shadia Habbal. Here is an updated preliminary program.

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: will be posted upon availability.

Workshop Registration: The registration fee of $180 includes breakfast, lunch, conference refreshments, and meeting transportation. Registration can now be done online or fill out and return the registration form to Conference Services at SIU Carbondale, c/o of Leslie Brock by faxing it to 618-453-5680. See the registration form for specific instructions. Deadline for registration is 27 May 2016.

Hotel to Workshop Transportation: A bus has been scheduled to pick up attendees at 7:00 am on Friday and Saturday mornings (10 and 11 June) to take attendees from the Holiday Inn to the SIU Student Center. The bus will make the return trip to the hotel, leaving SIU at 5:00 pm on both days.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided at the Student Center.

On Thursday evening, a pre-conference dinner will take place at Giant City Lodge. Shuttle transportation from the hotel will be provided. Pickup at 6:00 pm. Participants must self-pay for food and drinks at the restaurant.

Workshop location: SIU Carbondale Student Center

Workshop Dates: Friday & Saturday, 10-11 June 2016

Workshop Lodging: Holiday Inn Carbondale-Conference Center on Reed Station Parkway. Make your own reservations on or before 10 May 2016 by calling the hotel directly. Use our room block name, "Eclipse Workshop Rate" in order to obtain our group rate of $109 per night plus 15% tax. Our rate is only good for two nights, 9 and 10 June 2016. If you are requesting additional nights that fall outside of our block dates, please let the hotel agent know so he can find the block rate. Parking and WiFi are included in the room rate.
     Hotel Phone: 618-549-2600 or 1-800-315-2621
     Hotel Room Block Name: Eclipse Workshop Rate
     Hotel Room Block Dates: Check in 9 June & check out 11 June 2016
     Lodging Daily Rate: $109 per night plus 15% tax.
     Hotel Parking: $0 per night

Travel by Air:

Closest large airport: St. Louis International

Airport to Hotel Transportation:

Amtrak service is available to Carbondale.

Limited flights available from St. Louis to Marion, Illinois for $98 round trip on Cape Air with up to six flights a day on nine-seat prop aircraft. Flights from Marion to St. Louis: 11 June Flights at 7:00 am, 11:45 am, 2:48 pm. 12 June flights at 9:30 am, 12:35 pm, 3:40 pm.

Marion to Carbondale shuttles: Rides Mass Transit District: 618-993-1900


Driving Distance:

St. Louis to Carbondale: 116 miles (2 hours 10 min)

Marion to Carbondale: 16 miles (26 min)

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

As of 20 March 2016, we have not received funding for participant support. If you pay for expenses prior to approval for financial assistance, you may not be reimbursed. If you require financial assistance, please contact Shadia Habbal prior to making any travel plans.

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):