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Media Advisory 17-010

NSF/NASA/NCAR press conference: What will scientists learn from the August 21 total solar eclipse?

Total solar eclipse is first to cross the U.S. in nearly a century, giving scientists unique research opportunities

NSF, NASA, and NCAR scientists will talk about research on the August, 2017 solar eclipse.

NSF, NASA, and NCAR scientists will talk about research on the August, 2017 solar eclipse.

July 12, 2017

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The total solar eclipse next month is the first to cross the U.S. from coast to coast in nearly a century, giving scientists a unique opportunity to observe the sun's corona with an array of technologies and methodologies.

Findings from these eclipse experiments will advance our knowledge of the sun's complex and mysterious magnetic field as well as its effect on Earth's atmosphere.

The National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is hosting a press conference for national, regional and local reporters on July 21, 2017, one month before the eclipse.

Speakers from NSF, NCAR and NASA will discuss how the sun will be observed during the eclipse with networks of ground-based telescopes, GPS sensors, radio receivers and specialized instruments on aircraft, satellites and space-based observatories.


WHAT: Press conference on research related to the Aug. 21, 2017, total solar eclipse

WHO: Carrie Black, Associate Program Director, NSF Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences; Madhulika (Lika) Guhathakurta, Lead Program Scientist, NASA Living with a Star; and Scott McIntosh, Director, NCAR High Altitude Observatory

WHEN: Friday, July 21, 2017, 12:00 p.m. EDT

WHERE: Center Green 1 Conference Center, 3080 Center Green Drive, Boulder, Colorado

REMOTE ACCESS: Reporters may watch the press conference and ask questions remotely. To register, please see:

The public may watch a live stream of the press conference at


Media Contacts
Cheryl Dybas, NSF, (703) 292-7734, email:
David Hosansky, NCAR, (303) 497-8611, email:

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