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NASA Bfgs on Upcoming Total Solar Eclipse, June 2017, DC

Representatives of NASA and other federal agencies and scientists will hold two briefings on June 21, 2017 at the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave,.NW, Washington, DC, on the science of, and viewing safety for, the upcoming total solar eclipse that will take place on August 21,  It is the first time in 99 years that a total solar eclipse will travel across the United States. Over the course of 100 minutes, 14 states will experience more than 2 minutes of darkness.  The rest of North America and parts of South America, Europe and Africa will experience a partial eclipse.

The two briefings are from 1:00-2:00 and 2:30-3:30 pm ET and will be streamed on NASA’s website and TV channel.  Speakers are as follows:

Logistics Briefing, 1:00-2:00 pm ET

  • Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for Science, NASA HQ, Washington, DC
  • Vanessa Griffin, director of NOAA’s Office of Satellite and produce Operations, Suitland, MD
  • Brian Carlstrom, deputy associate director of Natural Resource Stewardship and Science, National Park Service, Washington, DC
  • Martin Knopp, associate administrator, Office of Operations, Federal HIghway Administration, U.S. Dept of Transportation, Washington, DC

Science Briefing, 2:30-3:30 pm ET

  • Thomas Zubuchen, associate administrator for Science, NASA HQ, Washington, DC
  • Angela Des Jardins, principal investigator, Eclipse Ballooning Project, Montana State University, Bozeman
  • Angela Speck, professor of astrophysics and director of astronomy, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Dave Boboltz, program director of solar physics, Division of Astronomical Sciences, National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA
  • Linda Shore, executive director, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, San Francisco
  • Matt Penn, astronomer, National Solar Observatory, Tucson, AZ


June 21, 2017
12:00 am