Are you hosting and/or participating in an eclipse-viewing party or other public event for the August 21, 2017 U.S. coast-to-coast eclipse, first total solar eclipse visible in the contiguous U.S. since 1979? To help let people know about your event, the American Astronomical Society (AAS) – the United States’ society of professional astronomers – announced on March 6, 2016 that it wants you to place word of it on its interactive Events & Activities map on the AAS solar-eclipse website.
Questions? Email astronomer Richard Tresch Fienberg at rick.fienberg [at] aas.org, who wrote:
Most of the events mapped to date are in the path of totality, but a growing number of communities off the path are organizing activities to share safe views of the partial eclipse with members of the public. We want to know about them, too.
Are you giving a lecture or other presentation about the eclipse to your local astronomy club, civic group, or public library? Is your local planetarium doing any eclipse programming? We want to know about that, too!
Here’s a complete list of event and activity types that we’re including on the map:
Astronomy Club Meeting
Citizen Science Activity
Community Festival (Multi-Day)
Documentary or Film Screening
Eclipse Day Observing
Lecture or Presentation
Museum or Other Exhibit
Observatory Open House
Park or Nature Center Program
Radio or Television Broadcast
Tour or Travel Program
Webcast or Live Stream
Workshop or Conference
Bottom line: You’re invited to add your eclipse-related event or activity – for the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse – to the American Astronomical Society’s eclipse map.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.