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Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017

On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will be visible along a narrow path in the continental United States from Oregon to South Carolina. A partial eclipse will also be visible in all areas of North America and in parts of South America. A total solar eclipse can be a once-in-a-lifetime event so make your plans to travel to a site in the path of totality.

Rick Fienberg 2012 eclipse sequence2012 Photo by Rick Fienberg

Radio Jove Plans for the Solar Eclipse

Radio Jove is engaging citizen scientists during the 2017 solar eclipse by encouraging them to observe the solar eclipse with radio telescopes. We will enlist and train observers from across the US to help with deployment of the telescopes at different locations along the eclipse path of totality and at other locations receiving a partial eclipse. Radio observers will monitor the Sun for solar flares and radio events during the solar eclipse, as well as, observe the galactic radio background (GRB) before, during, and after the eclipse. We will make most observations at 20.1 MHz, and several advanced observers will operate spectrographs between 15-30 MHz. A Radio Jove observing guide is available here:

Radio Jove — Solar Eclipse Setup Instructions in preparation for August 21, 2017

Solar Eclipse General Information:

☼   NASA's  Eclipse 101
 ☾   2-page NASA Eclipse Fact Sheet
⚫   Solar Eclipse basics

Safe Viewing of a solar eclipse:

 ☽   Solar Eclipse Safety from NASA
☼   Solar Eclipse Safety from the American Astronomical Society (AAS)
 ☾   1-page PDF for safe viewing from AAS
 ⚫   Safe Viewing: How to Make a Pinhole camera from NASA/JPL

Teacher Resources:

 ☽   NASA Wavelength (Search on Solar Eclipses)
☼   Stanford Solar Center (Search on Solar Eclipses)

Solar Eclipse Maps:

 ☾   Google Eclipse Path Map
⚫   State-by-State Maps from NASA

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