20 October 2023

Contribute to the BAAS Solar Eclipse Special Issues

Sanlyn Buxner Planetary Science Institute

You're invited to contribute to the Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (BAAS)Celebrating the Wonder of Science in the Shadow special issues for the 2023 and 2024 eclipses.

To start your submission, please complete the interest form linked below.

Begin your submission

We invite all professional scientists, formal and informal educators, science communicators, community scientists, teachers, students, amateur astronomers, and individuals (anyone and everyone!) engaged in the 2023 and 2024 solar eclipses to contribute to the upcoming special issues of the Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (BAAS)Celebrating the Wonder of Science in the Shadow.

These issues will document how professional scientists, educational outreach professionals, community scientists, teachers, students, amateur astronomers, artists, park rangers, other professionals, and individuals of all ages provide eclipse-related outreach, science, viewing experiences, demonstrations and observations, community science experiments, and other related experiences.

The first issue, coming February 2024, will cover the 2023 annular eclipse as well as prior eclipses and provide lessons learned for the 2024 eclipse. Subsequent issues, starting in July and continuing beyond in 2024, will collect articles from both the 2023 and 2024 eclipses, completing documentation of the science, outreach, experiences, and other eclipse outcomes from across the US.

All included papers will be edited, permanently archived, and will receive a Digital Object Identifier. All articles will be searchable on the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory/NASA Astrophysics Data System and the Library of Congress. We welcome multimedia submissions including videos, image files, and audio files. Articles may be peer reviewed (double blind) upon request.

Sections available

  • Photography
    Images of the eclipse or guides and tips for eclipse photography
  • Informal learning experiences
    Outreach & public engagement before, during, and after the eclipse
  • Community science
    Volunteer scientists in action or results of volunteer science
  • Evaluation
    Impact of events and activities before, during, and after the eclipse
  • Eclipse multimedia
    Artwork, performances, video
  • Eclipse science
    Results from data collected during the eclipse
  • Professional development
    Descriptions or models of in-person, virtual, and asynchronous training provided to scientists, educators, amateur astronomers, or volunteers related to the eclipse
  • Formal learning experiences
    Descriptions of classroom activities, lessons, and projects (including submissions from classes)
  • Logistics
    Local, regional, and large-scale coordination and movement of people
  • Personal reflections
    Stories, poems, or other creative pieces from individuals describing their own journey and experience at the eclipse
  • Oral histories
    Recorded interviews of individuals with personal eclipse experiences for the purpose of adding to the historical record
  • Safety
    Descriptions of how to watch the eclipse safely and collaborations around safety.

February 2024 issue

This issue will allow lessons learned and resources from the 2023 eclipse to be shared with the community before the 2024 eclipse. An on-demand print option will be available. Articles with high-quality images will have the opportunity to be included in a stand-alone book about the eclipses published in 2024. To be included in the first issue, submissions must be started by 8 December 2023 [deadline extended].

To start your submission, please fill out the interest form. Your pre-submission will be reviewed and you will be given directions for next steps. All questions can be directed to Sanlyn Buxner.