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The Sun, the Moon, and Us: The Great American 2017 Solar Eclipse

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Published on Jul 23, 2016

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth - causing the Moon to block the light from the Sun. Typically the Moon only partially blocks the Sun’s light during an eclipse, however occasionally the Moon completely blocks the Sun, causing what is called a total solar eclipse. August 21 2017 will be just one of those occasions - the first in the continental US since 1979. For many people across the US, who are under the "path of totality," day will turn to night for two minutes during this time and the Sun’s enigmatic faint extended atmosphere, or “corona,” will shine in the dark sky Come and learn about this unique event: how does it happen, where to view it, how to view it safely, and what you can expect from it!

Presenter, Scott McIntosh: Scott achieved a first-class honors degree in Mathematics and Physics (1991-1995) and Ph.D. in Astrophysics (1995-1998) at the University of Glasgow. He was an HAO post-doctoral fellow in NCAR’s Advanced Study Program from 1999 to 2001. In 2001 Scott left NCAR to work with the European Space Agency as an external fellow at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). After a brief spell working for the Universities Space Research Association in the "Living With A Star" program at GSFC, Scott returned to Boulder to work at the Southwest Research Institute. In 2007 Scott returned to HAO as a project scientist, becoming a ladder-track scientist in August 2009. His last appointment was as a Scientist III and Section Head of HAO's Space Weather and Solar Transients research group. Scott’s primary field of research lies in the understanding of how magnetism, mass, and energy are transported from the Sun's convective interior to shape and fill the solar system in which we live.

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