First Report: The Recent Solar Eclipse

October 10, 2017


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October 10, 6pm–7:30pm

Duane J. Roth Auditorium, 

Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine

UC San Diego

Free and open to the public

Please note: We have reached capacity for our RSVPs. In the event of no-shows, seats may be available but are not guaranteed.

The recent solar eclipse transfixed the world. People in the path of totality marveled at the corona and how the air temperature dropped briefly and, in some parts of the country, the cicadas began to sing as if it were night. But the eclipse also offers a world of possibilities for scientific discovery. Jay Pasachoff, Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy at Williams College, joins us at the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination to discuss his observations of eclipses—66 solar eclipses, including 34 total solar eclipses—and the NSF and National Geographic supported discoveries these have yielded. Dozens of cameras, including a pair of frame-transfer CCDs, were trained on the corona to isolate the specific emissions of 13-times-ionized iron ("the coronal green line") and 9-times-ionized iron ("the coronal red line") at high cadence, to attempt to distinguish among models for how the corona is heated to millions of degrees. Dr. Pasachoff will discuss this work and plans for future total, partial, and annular eclipse observations over the next few years, including the 2023 and 2024 American eclipses.

Directions and Parking:

The Roth Auditorium is located at:

The Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine
2880 Torrey Pines Scenic Dr.
La Jolla, California 92037

There is limited space available for street parking along Torrey Pines Scenic Drive (free) and in the east parking lot adjacent to the Sanford Consortium building ($1 per hour). Please refer to the following sites for maps, driving directions and parking, or check the embedded map below:

Image: NASA/Carla Thomas