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The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse: Through the Eyes of NASA, June 15 Lecture with Dr. C. Alex Young

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

The total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 will be the first total solar eclipse visible in the contiguous United States since 1979 — and the first that has traversed the entire continent coast-to-coast since June 8, 1918. The moon’s shadow will cut an approximately 70-mile-wide path diagonally across the country from Oregon to South Carolina. Weather permitting, for a little over two minutes, those in the path will experience an ethereal twilight with a naked-eye view of the sun’s million-degree atmosphere called the corona.

More than 500 million people in North America alone will be able to catch the eclipse in either its partial or total phase, and parts of South America, Africa and Europe will see a partial eclipse as well. NASA is planning to take full advantage of this unique celestial event as an education and public engagement opportunity by using its extensive network of partners, numerous social media platforms, broadcast media and its space assets and experts to bring the eclipse to America and the world.

On June 15 in the Pickford Theater, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Library of Congress will be fortunate to have one of these experts, solar astrophysicist Dr. C. Alex Young, speak to us about the science and wonder of total solar eclipses. He will explain the celestial mechanics of the eclipse, viewing opportunities, and discuss how NASA will be studying the sun and Earth during this rare event. This is a free event, no reservations are needed.

Dr. Young spoke at the Library last September on “A Space Weather Report: Preparing Space Explorers for Bad Weather throughout the Solar System”. He is the Associate Director of Science for the Heliophysics Science Division at Goddard Space Flight Center, and in that role he oversees and coordinates the education and public outreach team for the division.

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]

Space Ethics: Ethical Implications of Commercial Space Projects: May 10th Lecture by Christopher Ketcham, Ph.D.

This post was authored by Tomoko Y. Steen, Ph.D., Science Reference & Research Specialist in the Science, Technology and Business Division of the Library of Congress. On Wednesday, May 10, 2017, Dr. Christopher Ketcham will discuss the need to balance the economic value of commercial ventures with safety and ethical concerns for life on Earth […]

Finding NEEMO at LC: Dr. Kelsey Young to Speak May 4 about NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations

This post was authored by Stephanie Marcus, Science Reference Librarian in the Science, Technology, and Business Division. The Science, Technology and Business Division is presenting “NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO): Preparing Astronauts for Space Exploration” with Dr. Kelsey Young in the Pickford Theater, third floor, Madison Building, Library of Congress, on Thursday, May 4, […]

The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope: April 18 Lecture with NASA’s Dr. Julie McEnery

Blazars, pulsars, gamma-ray bursts, dark matter, behind-the-limb solar flares, black holes, micro black holes, Fermi bubbles, and antimatter!  The Science, Technology and Business Division’s NASA/Goddard lecture series begins its eleventh season with “The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope:  Opening a Window on the Extreme Universe.”  Julie McEnery, Fermi Project Scientist and an astrophysicist in the Astroparticle […]

Jonathan White Speaks on His Book “Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean” April 20th

In August of 1990 surfer, sailor and marine conservationist, Jonathan White, led a seminar aboard his small schooner, Crusader, sailing among the islands and natural wonders of the Alaskan Panhandle. Anchoring for the evening in Kalinin Bay, White, his crew and passengers went to bed, awakening to find that a nighttime gale had left them […]

What’s for Lunch: 2017 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. Spring has arrived, and with that, we are getting ready to kick off our annual Earth and Space Science lecture series, now in its eleventh year.  The series is a partnership between the NASA Goddard Space Flight […]

Book Talk: Making Faces: The Evolutionary Origins of the Human Face by Adam Wilkins, Ph.D., on March 29th

This post was authored Tomoko Steen, Ph.D., Science Reference & Research Specialist in the Science, Technology, and Business Division of the Library of Congress, with contributions by Adam Wilkins, Ph.D. On Wednesday, March 29th, Dr. Adam Wilkins will discuss his new book, Making Faces: The Evolutionary Origins of the Human Face (2017, Harvard University Press). […]

Launching a Data Revolution: Ilya Zaslavsky, Ph.D., Speaking on February 23

This post was authored by Tomoko Steen, Ph.D., Science Research Specialist in the Science, Technology, and Business Division of the Library of Congress. On Thursday, February 23, 2017, Dr. Ilya Zaslavsky will be speaking at the Library of Congress about online systems for visual analysis, sharing of surveys and image collections, and applications for analyzing […]

The Patient’s Role in Advancing Cancer Research and Participation in Clinical Trials: Panel Discussion on Cancer Moonshot, December 15th, 2016

This post was authored by Tomoko Steen, PhD, Science Research Specialist, in the Science, Technology, and Business Division of the Library of Congress The public is invited to a free panel discussion with representatives of the White House Moonshot Cancer Task Force and other organizations interested in cancer research on Thursday, December 15th regarding the […]

Revisiting the Apollo 17 Landing Site with the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter: December 6 Lecture with NASA Lunar Geologist Dr. Noah Petro

This post was authored by Stephanie Marcus, Science Reference Librarian in the Science, Technology, and Business Division. At 12:33 a.m. on December 7, 1972, Apollo 17 lifted off in the Florida night on a Saturn V rocket carrying Gene Cernan, Ron Evans, and Jack Schmitt on the final Apollo Moon mission.  On December 11, while […]