Eclipse

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New Life for Old Eclipse Glasses

This past August, people across the United States were thrilled to witness one of nature’s most breath-taking spectacles – a total eclipse of the sun. More people than ever before, including millions of American children, were able to enjoy this unforgettable celestial event safely because of the wide availability of protective eclipse glasses. Millions of eclipse glasses were distributed…
Melrae Pictures VR Eclipse

Melrae Pictures Producing 360 VR Eclipse Experience -- SETI Institute Proud to Participate

September 19, 2017, Mountain View, CA – Founder/Director Melissa Butts of Melrae Pictures is producing a one-of-a-kind virtual reality (VR) documentary about last month’s incredible total eclipse of the Sun, “The Great American Eclipse 360.” The SETI Institute has been proud to take part, connecting the production with sponsors – Nokia for cameras and 3D Paint/FX for post-production. Lockheed…
2017 American Eclipse  Credit: Barbara Vance

Eclipse Memories

The SETI Institute team fanned across the country to take in the solar eclipse last month. The images and memories will remain with all of us and we wanted to share some of what we experienced. Some of us were in the path of totality, in Oregon, Idaho, and Wyoming. One group went to the ATA in Hat Creek, CA. From Mountain View, CA to Alabama, even the partial eclipse was phenomenal. The photos…
Eclipse Binoculars

Eclipse! Time to Grab the Binocs

Here’s a question I’ve been asked two hundred times in the past half-hour: What equipment do I need to ensure my enjoyment of Monday’s solar eclipse?  Even if I’m not in the path of totality? The answer is simple. You require your eyes, a tube of sunscreen to avoid frying your epidermis, eclipse glasses or filters, … and binoculars.  That’s right: binoculars. Sure, you could borrow Uncle…
Tracking the Sun

Girl Scouts Works with the SETI Institute to Skyrocket Girls’ Interest in STEM

The organizations will celebrate Reaching for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts on August 21 with total solar eclipse viewing events. Mountain View, CA—Today, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) announced new details about a five-year program called Reaching for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts. Funded by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and led by the SETI Institute, the program…
Eclipse silhouette

Everything you want to know about the eclipse but haven’t gotten around to asking yet . . .

It’s hard to believe, but the “Great American Eclipse” is now just a few days away.   I thought you might like to know about the following eclipse-related resources: I helped to write an 8-page booklet about eclipses and the 2017 eclipse, in everyday language, free to download or distribute to friends, relatives, colleagues etc.  It has charts of when and how the eclipse is visible in major…
Elliptical Triangle

Elliptical Triangle

Elliptical Triangle  By Guy Petzall  The tide was stirring up the sea which lapped against the sand. The sand made up a sunny beach which lapped against the land. The land rose up to mountain peaks which lapped against the sky. The sky contained the moon, whose laps elliptic cause the tides. I whispered to my sweetheart on the mountain by the sea, "Hey can you keep a secret? The man in the…
Girl Scout Stars

Reaching for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts

On August 21, as the shadow of the moon races across the continental United States at more than 1,000 miles per hour, Girl Scouts of the USA – councils, volunteers and girls – will be poised to safely view the solar eclipse and engage in the interactive astronomy event of the decade. A scout tries to get a handle on the way sunlight falls on the Earth. Download full size credit: Girl Scouts of…
Eclipse over mountains

There Goes the Sun …

If you don’t know about the total solar eclipse coming up in August, then it’s likely you also don’t know that winter’s over or that Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom have split. To recap what may be old news, on Monday, August 21 the central shadow of the Moon will sail into Oregon, changing morning to night.  Over the course of the next 1-1/2 hours, the lunar shadow will cross twelve states,…