Saturday, 3 December 2016

AAS 2017 Eclipse Web site

The American Astronomical Society (AAS) has put together a website related to the total solar eclipse in August 2017. A very well structured site for those looking to learn the basics and get good information going forward. It contains maps and articles from other websites with links for those wanting to know more. And you might even be able to apply for a small grant to help fund your solar eclipse chasing, that is if you have something science related to add. They won't pay you just to see it!

 eclipse.aas.org is Highly recommended!

Here is an announcement from Dr Richard Fienberg, press officer of the AAS. Just part of the press release. A link is provided for those wanting to know more.

The American Astronomical Society (AAS) has launched a new website, eclipse.aas.org, to help prepare the country for next year’s most anticipated celestial spectacle: the first total eclipse of the Sun to touch the US mainland since 1979 and the first to span the continent since 1918. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the AAS has also unveiled a program of small grants to fund educational activities aimed at engaging the public with the eclipse.
Several excellent solar-eclipse websites already exist thanks to the efforts of a handful of individual amateur and professional astronomers as well as NASA. “Rather than ‘reinvent the wheel,’” says Shadia Habbal, co-chair of the AAS Solar Eclipse Task Force, “eclipse.aas.org offers a modest amount of high-level information to get people started and then provides links to more detailed information on other sites. It’s a curated guide to the best and most reliable resources on solar eclipses in all media.”

The AAS has been hosting a set of conferences preparing for the eclipse. Local governments, police, community leaders, and others have been invited to the conferences to get information to help them prepare for the upcoming eclipse. These conferences have been highly successful in getting the word out in a correct way. One of the common requests at the conferences was to have a comprehensive web site and they have delivered. Great job folks!

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