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Solar Eclipse Across America, the official AAS TSE 2017 website is now live with many resources and information about citizen scientists, event news, available apps, and how to view a solar eclipse safely. Thank you Rick Fienberg. See:

On 21 August 2017, a total eclipse of the Sun will cross the United States from coast to coast, giving tens of millions of people in a 70-mile-wide path from Oregon to South Carolina a chance to see the solar corona and experience all phases of the eclipse. The Moon's shadow will sweep across the country starting mid morning in Oregon with just under two minutes of totality and reaching maximum duration of approximately 2 minutes 40 seconds in Southern Illinois before exiting over South Carolina mid afternoon.

Outside the path of totality, all of North America will experience a partial eclipse. This event, the first total solar eclipse to touch the US mainland since 1979 and the first to span the continent since 1918, presents a unique opportunity to excite people about science and connect them personally to the cosmos, as well as to conduct several important scientific observations. We are a working group dedicated to the science and public outreach of this unique event.

The Eclipse 2017 Workshop V will be in Columbia, SC, on March 31 and April 1, 2017, at the South Carolina State Museum and nearby University of South Carolina, Columbia, Amoco Hall. Information regarding lodging, travel and local transportation are given below.

Program: The agenda for the two-day workshop is now available here:

Live Stream: We will stream the workshop live on YouTube. Watch the conference live and ask questions to presenters with the live chat feature. Here's where to find the stream:

Workshop Registration: The registration fee of $100.00 includes morning and afternoon coffee break refreshments and lunch for March 31 and April 1. Fill out and return the registration form to Wayne Nakamoto, (808) 956-6314,, or fax to (808) 988-2790. See form for specific instructions:

Workshop Dates and Locations: Friday, March 31, 2017, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm at the South Carolina State Museum. Saturday, April 1, 2017, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm at the University of South Carolina Amoco Hall.

Lodging: The specially priced AAS room block at the Hyatt Place (see below) is now full, but there is still availability at a higher rate. Two nearby hotels (10-minute walking distance) are available with free parking that have rates between $141 and $148 per night for the nights of March 30, March 31, and April 1. Make your own reservations:

  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Columbia Downtown — 501 Taylor St., Columbia, SC 29201; phone (803) 744-4000.
  • Staybridge Suites Columbia — 1913 Huger St., Columbia, SC 29201; phone (866) 526-6149.
  • Hyatt Place Columbia/Downtown/The Vista — The AAS conference rate of $160 (tax included) at the Hyatt is no longer available. Rooms are available at a higher rate. Please note that meeting shuttle services are available only to registered guests of the Hyatt. Address: 819 Gervais St., Columbia, SC 29201. Make your own reservations by calling the hotel directly. Breakfast, WiFi, parking and shuttle to meeting locations are all included in the room rate.
    • Hotel Phone: (803) 978-2013
    • Hotel Room Block Name: American Astronomical Society
    • Lodging Daily Rate: $160 per night, tax included
    • Hotel Room Block Dates:
      • Check in March 30, 2017
      • Check out April 2, 2017

Note: You might be able to find better rates at these or other hotels using a third-party reservation site, such as or Trivago.

Travel: Fly to Charlotte, North Carolina (CLT), and rent a car for a 90-minute drive. Columbia airport (CAE) is also easily accessible with 15-20 minutes driving time to the museum, USC, and downtown.

Limited funds may be available for participant travel support. If you require financial assistance, please contact Shadia Habbal (

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Click on the following image to see a poster describing the first planning workshop (2.4 MB JPEG):