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Solar Eclipse 2017 Media Event

Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Location: Newseum's Knight Studio, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC, US,

NSF will join several federal agencies and science organizations June 21 for two back-to-back briefings organized by NASA to provide important solar eclipse viewing safety, travel and science information.

For the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will cross the nation Aug. 21. During the eclipse, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is funding research to learn more about the sun and space weather, including a citizen science project that will capture data about the sun at 68 sites along the path of the eclipse and an aircraft equipped with a special spectrometer that will acquire new data about the sun's corona.

The two briefings will that start at 1 p.m. EDT at the Newseum and stream live on NASA's website. Panelists will take questions from media in attendance or by phone. The public also can ask questions via social media during the briefings using the hashtag #eclipse2017. You can also follow #SolarEclipse2017 for updates, facts and other information from NSF.


WHAT:    Two briefings on solar eclipse viewing safety, travel and science information.
WHO:    Representatives from NSF, NASA, NOAA, NPS, DOT, Montana Space Grant Consortium, University of Arizona, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, National Solar Observatory.
WHEN:    1 p.m. EDT and 2:30 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 21
WHERE:    Newseum's Knight Studio, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW. Event will also be livestreamed on NASA's website.
RSVP:    RSVP no later than 9 a.m. on June 21 to Andrew Schurr at (202) 358-0690 or Please provide media affiliation.

Logistics Briefing: 1-2 p.m. EDT

Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator, NASA Science Mission directorate
Vanessa Griffin, director, NOAA Office of Satellite and Product Operations
Brian Carlstrom, deputy associate director, Natural Resource Stewardship and Science, National Park Service
Martin Knopp, associate administrator, Office of Operations, Dept. of Transportation
Science Briefing: 2:30-3:30 p.m. EDT

Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator, NASA Science Mission directorate
Angela Des Jardins, Eclipse Ballooning Project principal investigator, Montana Space Grant Consortium
Angela Speck, professor of astrophysics and director of astronomy, University of Missouri
Dave Boboltz, program director for solar physics, NSF's Division of Astronomical Sciences
Linda Shore, executive director, Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Matt Penn, astronomer at NSF's National Solar Observatory and principal investigator for the Citizen Continental-America Telescopic Eclipse (Citizen CATE) project


On Aug. 21, over the course of 100 minutes, 14 states across the United States will each experience more than two minutes of darkness in the middle of the day. Additionally, a partial eclipse will be observable across other parts of North America. You can see the path of the eclipse at the NSF National Solar Observatory's Citizen Cate web page.

The eclipse provides a unique opportunity to study one of the hardest-to-observe parts of the sun: its corona. The corona is the upper level of the sun's atmosphere and the source of sun's most violent activity (e.g., coronal mass ejections, flares and filaments) which in turn affects space weather and impacts communications systems, satellites, power grids and more on Earth.

The briefings will be held in the Newseum's Knight Studio, located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. Space is limited. Media planning to attend must RSVP and provide their media affiliation.

The NSF National Solar Observatory website has additional information on the eclipse and how to safely view it.

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