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Shadow Science: Using Eclipses to Shed New Light on Heavenly Bodies, September 12 Lecture with NASA’s Chief Scientist, Dr. James L. Green

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This post was authored by Stephanie Marcus, Science Reference Librarian in the Science, Technology, and Business Division.

A total solar eclipse. Courtesy of NASA

People are still talking about the total solar eclipse of last August, and many of us are already excited about the next one on April 8, 2024.  That will be the only total solar eclipse in the 21st century where totality is visible in Mexico, the USA, and Canada!

For those who are in the DC area and would like to hear what scientists have learned from the recent solar eclipse and other eclipses, as well as what they can uncover from transits and occultations, you are in for a treat at the Library of Congress.  We are fortunate to have NASA’s new Chief Scientist, James L. Green, discuss how scientists continue to use shadows created by these phenomena to discover amazing things, such as new planets orbiting other stars (exoplanets) and new rings at Saturn.  Dr. Green will provide spectacular examples from recent events.

Jim Green was Director of the Planetary Science Division at NASA for twelve years until he was named chief scientist and assumed his new duties May 1.  During those years, he managed numerous successful missions that have ushered in a golden age of planetary exploration. These include the Juno Jupiter mission; the Dawn mission to Vesta and Ceres; the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter; Mars rovers Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity; and the New Horizons mission to Pluto and beyond.

Date:  Wednesday, September 12

Time:  11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Place:  Pickford Theater, 3rd floor, Madison Building

For inquiries about this program, contact Stephanie Marcus in the Science, Technology & Business Division at [email protected] or the division office at: (202) 707-1212. Individuals requiring accommodations for this event are requested to submit a request at least five business days in advance by contacting (202) 707-6362 or [email protected].

Comments (2)

  1. THU30AUG’18
    RE:Does presentation have webinar access?
    Hi! Cannot attend on site–
    Will anyone be recording this, for general distribution, later?

  2. Yes, the Library has filmed this as a webcast, but we don’t know when it will be up. Please keep an eye on our Science Reference web page for an announcement!

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