Science Talks

There will be several stages at the event:

  • Two stages in the General Admission area
  •  One stage in the VIP area
  • Discovery Channel area for the live broadcast of the eclipse and event
 
The scientists will rotate between the stages so that each area can have a chance to hear the science talks.

Dr. Tyler Richey-Yowell

This total solar eclipse will be one of the few times we can see the Sun’s corona with our own eyes. While the corona appears invisible to us most of the time, it’s actually a big driver of why Earth, Mars, and the other solar system planets have the atmospheres (or lack thereof) that they do. Our Sun isn’t the only star that has a corona, however. Missions such as JWST are actively studying exoplanets as they eclipse their host star to understand how these planets are being shaped by their own star’s corona.


Dr. Teddy Kareta

Dr. Teddy Kareta

Dr. Theodore (Teddy) Kareta will talk about the history of our knowledge of the solar wind — a continuous stream of charged particles emanating from the Sun’s uppermost atmosphere — from early evidence around the turn of the 20th century from observations of comets through its confirmation by one of the earliest satellites at the dawn of the Space Age.

 


Dr. Kyler Kuehn

While eclipses can be enjoyed by anyone, whether they have a telescope or not, scientists can learn even more about the sun — and the rest of our universe — by using advanced technologies for observations during an eclipse.  I will talk about the techniques and equipment used by scientists in 1919 to spectacularly confirm the theory of relativity proposed only four years previously by Albert Einstein.  I will also share how advancements on that technological heritage in the century since — including ways that scientists can create their own eclipses (for individual telescopes) — are allowing scientists to learn even more today.


Dr. Nick Moskovitz

NASA’s DART mission was the world’s first full-scale planetary defense experiment. DART intentionally impacted the moon of an asteroid called Didymos to see how much an asteroid could be deflected with a spacecraft. The success of this mission relied on measuring eclipses of Didymos by its moon. These eclipses were used to show that with enough lead time a spacecraft like DART could prevent an asteroid from impacting the Earth.

Dr. Barbara Castanheira Endl

Science talk description coming soon!

 

 

 

Additional Baylor University Scientists:

  • Dr. Lorin Swint Matthews
  • Dr. Jeff Lee
  • Dr. Don Hood
  • Dr. Ben Rose
  • Dr. Sascha Usenko
  • Katie Broad (Ph.D. Student)
  • Robert Vukulich (Ph.D. Student)
  • Nick Wagner (Ph.D. Student)