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ASP2021: A Virtual Conference

ASP2021: A Virtual Conference
Preliminary Schedule

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    3:00 PM - 3:50 PM: Concurrent Session 8B: 3:00 pm PST (6:00 pm EST)
    Planning for Future Eclipses from Now Until 2027
    Conference Strand: Getting Ready for Upcoming Eclipses – Lunar and Solar!
    Vivian White, Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP)
    Cherilynn Morrow, Consultant, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI)
    Angela Speck, Univ of Texas, San Antonio
    Michael Zeiler, Great American Eclipse
    Abstract of Session/Presentation: This decade represents opportunities to take part in multiple solar eclipses in the US and Europe. Join panelists to learn more about upcoming eclipses as well as efforts already under way to engage the public in modern sun watching.

    M. Zeiler (author of the Atlas of Solar Eclipses, 2020-2045 and the Field Guide to the 2023 and 2024 Solar Eclipses together with Michael Bakich) will present a series of maps and commentary highlighting optimal places for viewing each of these eclipses. He will cover criteria that a prospective eclipse observer will want to consider, including duration, Sun altitude, weather prospects, and accessibility.

    C. Morrow will present NASA PUNCH Mission outreach products and event models that will be available to the broader community in time for use with eclipse-related outreach efforts and beyond. PUNCH Outreach creates close collaboration between mission scientists, outreach professionals, and multicultural educators of the US Southwest to develop share-able products and models for events that activate an Ancient and Modern Sun Watching theme.

    A. Speck (co-chair of the AAS Solar Eclipse taskforce) will share the many aspects of planning for future eclipses. Located in South Texas, she will be in the path of totality (and the path of annularity) for the next 2 US eclipses and working on planning across all aspects from science outreach to public engagement to engagement with underserved populations to local government, transportation, tourism, safety and all the other things you didn't know you needed to know as an astronomer/astrophysicist.

    V. White will discuss how the 2023 annular and 2024 Total eclipses will still leave the majority of Americans viewing a partial eclipse off the paths. 500 pairs of amateur astronomers and undergraduate students will train to become NASA Eclipse Ambassadors and provide public engagement in communities off the paths with goals of meaningful intergenerational partnerships, equitable engagement techniques, and reaching underserved audiences with authentic NASA data.