Press Release



NC A&T State University
Contact: Abebe Kebede: 334-7646 Email: gutaye@ncat.edu
Web Site: http://www.physics.ncat.edu/~michael/moonstruck

Total Solar Eclipse 2001 
Live Webcast and event from Zambia 
At NC A&T State University
Eclipse: June 21, ~9:00am (EDT) 
Public Event: June 21, TIME 7:00AM
Produced by the Exploratorium and NASA 
With over 50 participating museums around the world 

A total solar eclipse will occur in southern and central Africa on June 21, 2001. Not visible at all from the United States, this first total solar eclipse of the new millennium will be brought live from Zambia to NC A&T State University and to the rest of the world by San Francisco's Exploratorium, via satellite and high-speed Internet connections. This event is made possible by the San Francisco Exploratorium with support from NASA, and features official endorsement by the National Society of Black Physicists. This event is made possible due to the collaboration of several units at NC A&T, including the Department of Physics, Speech and Communication, School of Agriculture, Computer and Information Technology and Continued Education. The event can also be followed at http://www.physics.ncat.edu/~michael/moonstruck/

See the broadcast in person at Webb Hall, NC A&T State University. Have the full experience of this celestial event at an early morning  public gathering that begins at 7:00 AM, leading up to the 8:30 AM eclipse. If you can't get that early, join the rest of the planet via satellite and high-speed Internet connections on the Internet at http://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse. 

An Exploratorium science museum team will be on the ground in Zambia, capturing video images of the eclipse using specially equipped telescopes. Besides being streamed live to NC A&T State University and to the rest of the world, these images will be broadcast to over 50 participating museums around the globe who are holding eclipse events based on the Exploratorium-originated live feed. This event will focus on the themes of solar maximum, habitability of space, and living with the Sun. A possible downlink from the International Space Station is planned and would include a conversation with astronauts Jim Voss and Susan Helms of the Expedition Two crew. The conversation with the astronauts will focus on how the sun affects life in space: how solar flares and Coronal Mass Ejections can produce radiation bursts that affect everything from communications with earth to the health and safety of the astronauts themselves. The event will also feature scientists, including members of the National Society of Black Physicists (http://www.nsbp.org ) to engage and excite young people about space science and technology. Abebe Kebede, one such physicist will be on hand. Other activities during the event include video shows which depict space science, African Artifacts, African celestial stories from Africa 

In addition to NC A&T State University, among the over 50 museums participating: Museum of African American Technology Science Village (Oakland, CA); Museum of Science (Boston, MA), Maryland Science Center; Adler Planetarium (Chicago, IL); Strasenburgh Planetarium of the Rochester Museum & Science Center (NY); Sydney Observatory (Australia); The American Museum of Science and Energy, (Oak Ridge, TN); Cleveland Metroparks Zoo(OH); Exploradome (Paris, France); Computraining Centre (Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania); Bishop Museum (Honolulu HI). For a complete list of museums go to http://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse