2017 Eclipse of the Sun: Education and Outreach

Date & Time

Jan 5th at 10:00 AM until 11:30 AM


Sessions & Events 
Splinter Meeting 


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Organizer(s):Andrew Fraknoi (Foothill College)

This 90-minute discussion and share-a-thon, organized by members of the AAS Solar Eclipse Task Force, is an opportunity to learn what education and outreach projects other astronomers and institutions are doing in anticipation of the August 2017 eclipse of the Sun, and to share information about your own plans with your peers. Even if you plan to go to the path of totality, you may want to be part of eclipse outreach in the months preceding the event.

Tables will be set out for an exchange of handouts or brochures, and panelists will discuss some of the key projects now under discussion or under way. Among these will be:

The AAS NSF small grants program for eclipse outreach programs to underserved communities
Where the work of the AAS Solar Eclipse Task Force (and its committees) stand now and what else needs to be done
NASAs plans for education, outreach, and citizen science
Other planned national citizen science and outreach projects, plus examples of promising local and regional outreach activities
Insights from the Astronomical Society of the Pacifics December meeting on eclipse outreach to inner city and other diverse communities
Projects for bulk distribution of eclipse glasses and safe-viewing information
Tips and resources for setting up your own local eclipse outreach events
Work with the medical and public-safety communities
Media related projects and materials.

If you would like to share information about your education or outreach project through a handout, bring 200 copies with you to the meeting. If you would like to be considered for a brief (5-7 min) panel presentation, please send an abstract/proposal (no more than 200 words) to: eclipse@aas.org.