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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

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

A total solar eclipse. Courtesy of NASA https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-recommends-safety-tips-to-view-the-august-solar-eclipse

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].

Binge Watching Science Webcasts! Celebrating Twelve Years of the NASA Goddard Lecture Series at the Library of Congress

This post was authored by Stephanie Marcus, Science Reference & Research Specialist, in the Science, Technology, and Business Division of the Library of Congress. She is also author of the blog posts “Kebabs, Kabobs, Shish Kebabs, Shashlyk, and: Chislic,” “The Potato Transformed,” and “Susan Fenimore Cooper: The First American Woman to Publish Nature Writing.” The Science, […]

Lecture with NASA’s Dr. Sarah Jones, June 7: “The Upper Atmosphere: Where Space Weather Meets Earth Weather”

This post was authored by Stephanie Marcus, Science Reference Librarian in the Science, Technology, and Business Division. The dance between the ionosphere and the thermosphere is complicated!  At the boundary between Earth and space, charged particles and fields co-exist with Earth’s neutral atmosphere and cause a continual tug of war between the neutral and ionized […]

Using Space-Based Observations for Improved Global Water Security and Sustainability: May 15 Lecture with NASA’s Dr. John Bolten

This post was authored by Stephanie Marcus, Science Reference Librarian in the Science, Technology, and Business Division. The combined stresses of overpopulation, water pollution, and poor water management practices require new approaches to better assess and manage global water security and sustainability. Dr. John Bolten will review the technological advances in satellite-based remote sensing and numerical […]

NASA Astrophysicist Dr. Scott Guzewich to Discuss ‘Swimming in Martian Lakes: Curiosity at Gale Crater’ on April 25

This post was authored by Stephanie Marcus, Science Reference Librarian in the Science, Technology, and Business Division. NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission landed the nuclear powered rover Curiosity on the floor of the 96-mile wide Gale Crater on August 6, 2012.  In a complicated maneuver using a sky crane, it touched down near “Mount Sharp,” […]

Finding Our Origins with the Hubble and James Webb Space Telescopes: Lecture with NASA’s Dr. Jonathan Gardner, March 22

This post was authored by Stephanie Marcus, Science Reference Librarian in the Science, Technology, and Business Division. The Hubble, the first space-based optical telescope, has been circling the Earth and making observations for nearly 28 years since its launch in April 1990.  Just this week it has had its eye on a relic galaxy, NGC […]

What’s for Lunch: 2018 Earth and Space Science Talks at the Library of Congress, Sponsored by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the ST&B Division

Lecture series coordinators Sean Bryant and Stephanie Marcus, Science, Technology and Business Division, contributed to this blog post. With March just around the corner, we are preparing to kick off our annual Earth and Space Science lecture series, now in its twelfth year.  The series is a partnership between the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center […]

Holiday Light Show from Space: Lecture with NASA’S Dr. Miguel Román December 7

This post was authored by Stephanie Marcus, Science Reference Librarian in the Science, Technology, and Business Division. Even from 512 miles above the Earth, holiday lights shine bright. Miguel Román, who is a research physical scientist and remote sensing specialist in the Terrestrial Information Systems Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, has been looking […]

“To explore strange new worlds…” NASA’s Dr. Padi Boyd Speaks about Exoplanets on November 2

This post was authored by Stephanie Marcus, Science Reference Librarian in the Science, Technology, and Business Division. Dr. Padi Boyd, Chief of the Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, will speak at the Library of Congress about the thousands of planets discovered beyond our solar system and the evolving view […]

The Star that Ate Manhattan! Studying Neutron Stars from the International Space Station – October 17 Lecture with Dr. Zaven Arzoumanian

Dr. Zaven Arzoumanian is a research astrophysicist and the deputy principal investigator for the Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) mission at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland. He will describe the NICER mission, an International Space Station payload devoted to studying neutron stars — the physics governing their interiors, their emissions, and their […]