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NASA Seeks Solar Eclipse Subject Matter Experts

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 10:43

NASA encourages scientists, engineers, science writers, amateur astronomers, and science educators to identify themselves as subject matter experts, or SMEs, available and interested in supporting programs around the nation on the 21 August 2017 total solar eclipse. Once you've signed up, groups seeking an expert speaker can reach out to you to join their eclipse-related event.

To be considered as a subject matter expert, you will need to have a minimum understanding of selected eclipse content. Before filling out the application form you must download and review NASA's eclipse training documents (PDF). In addition, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 21 years of age.
  • Have a basic working knowledge of astronomy, especially eclipses and the Sun-Earth-Moon system.
  • Be available to support a solar eclipse event somewhere in the country as a speaker/eclipse educator.

For more information about the SME program, access to NASA's eclipse training documents, and the application form, visit

Richard Tresch Fienberg
AAS Press Officer
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