Eclipse Science Showcase – Friday, July 21, Boulder, Colorado

NCAR's CG1 Facility, 3080 Center Green Drive, Boulder, CO 80301

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Overview of Event 

On August 21, 2017, the shadow of a total solar eclipse (TSE) will roar across the continental United States, covering thirteen states in little over 95 minutes. This event is the first of its kind in nearly one hundred years and, as such, will provide an unprecedented natural pathway to raise public awareness of Sun-Earth System science. Indeed, it is anticipated that over 100 million Americans and international visitors will travel to the path of totality for the event. This is a perfect opportunity for us to showcase our science.

Many members of the solar-terrestrial physics community that are  supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Aeronautics and Space Adminstration (NASA) will be participating in scientific and outreach activities, as the TSE presents a dual-fold opportunity to explore the complexity of the Sun's enigmatic chromosphere and corona with novel instrumentation and, in-parallel, to engage the taxpaying public on our star, the Sun, its ongoing connection to our planet and day-to-day lives. 

The Eclipse Science Showcase will bring local and national media members and eclipse scientists together to discuss the scientific efforts taking place on August 21 and why they are important.  


Carrie Black, Associate Program Director, NSF Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences
Madhulika (Lika) Guhathakurta, Lead Scientist, Eclipse 2017, NASA
Scott McIntosh, Director, NCAR High Altitude Observatory


10:00 - 11:00: Press Conference Followed By Q & A [Webcast on Internet and YouTube Live]
11:00 - 12:00: Reporters talking with Awardees at Poster Exhibition
12:00 - 13:00: Eclipse Science Ignite Session [Webcast on Internet and YouTube Live]


Links to PDFs & Video Presentations

Press Conference Video:

Scott McIntosh, Director, NCAR High Altitude Observatory  PDF

Carrie Black, Associate Program Director, NSF Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences  PDF 

Madhulika (Lika) Guhathakurta, Lead Scientist, Eclipse 2017, NASA  PDF 

Ignite Sessions [link to YouTube Channel] or click on "Video" below for individual links:

1. Josh Semeter - Solar Eclipse Observations with a Dense Network of Single-frequency GNSS Receivers   PDF     Audio Recording

2. Paul Bryans - The Eclipse from Casper Mountain  PDF     Video

3. Morris Cohen - Upper Atmospheric Remote Sensing Using a Unique Solar Eclipse Opportunity  PDF     Video

4. Greg Earle - Empirically Guided Solar Eclipse Modeling Study/Effects of the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse on Earth's Ionosphere  PDF     Video

5. Phil Erickson - Solar Eclipse–Induced Changes in the Ionosphere Over the Continental U.S.  PDF     Video

6. Scott GunterARTSE: Atmospheric Response to a Total Solar Eclipse    PDF     Video 

7. Juan Carlos Martinez Oliveros - The Eclipse Megamovie Project: Solar Discoveries, Education & Outreach through Crowdsourcing 2017 Eclipse Images  PDF     Video

8. Janet Oputa & Jennifer Henry - EclipseMob  PDF     Video

9. Jay Pasachoff - Recent Eclipses and Plans  PDF     Video

10. Adriana Mitchell & Claire Raftery - The Citizen CATE Experiment  PDF     Video

11. Amir Caspi - Chasing the 2017 Eclipse: Interdisciplinary Airborne Science from NASA’s WB-57  PDF     Video

View Attendees & Experiments

Links to media stories from the event

Attending Media

In person:

Charlie Brennan — Boulder Daily Camera
Hendrik Sybrandy — CGTN (English language affil. China nat'l TV)
Damon Blick — GarceWorks Video Productions
Travis Pahler — GarceWorks Video Productions
Dave Steinke — GarceWorks Video Productions
Nicholas St. Fleur — New York Times
Denver Bureau Associated Press
Denver TV CBS, NBC, Fox News


Agence France-Presse
Augusta Chronicle
Denver Post
Lake County News
NY Times
Science News
USA Today
Wall Street Journal
Washington Post

Technical Specs for Attendees

You will be provided a template for the Ignite presentation in advance.

The Ignite presentations will be run off a common laptop at the podium. Please email your Ignite presentation in advance to (preferred) or bring a USB.

You may bring a poster (poster boards are 4' wide by 6' high) and/or a piece of equipment representing your experiment. Let us know if you will need a table for set-up.

Screen resolution: 1024x768, 4:3 aspect ratio.

Date and time: 
Friday, July 21, 2017 - 10:00am to 1:00pm