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Media Relations
University of California-Berkeley

Media Contacts:
Robert Sanders
(510) 643-6998, (510) 642-3734

Additional Resources:

Dwayne Brown, NASA
(202) 358-1726

Erica Hupp, NASA
(202) 358-1237

Leslie Patterson, Exploratorium
(415) 561-0377

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, March 23, 2006

Live webcast from Turkey of Mar. 29 total solar eclipse
By Robert Sanders, Media Relations

BERKELEY -- On March 29, just prior to a rare, four-minute total eclipse
of the sun, three University of California, Berkeley, astronomers will
take the stage in a 1,900-year-old Roman amphitheater in Turkey to
introduce local students and the public to the science and lore of solar
eclipses.

For the benefit of eclipse watchers elsewhere in the world, the 1:55
p.m. Turkish time eclipse will be Webcast live, thanks to the support of
San Francisco's Exploratorium and the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration (NASA). This program is part of the yearly "Sun-Earth
Day" celebration sponsored by NASA's Sun-Earth Connection Education Forum.

Though the eclipse occurs at 2:55 a.m. Pacific time, avid local eclipse
fans and night owls can experience it live at all-night open houses at
the Exploratorium and at Oakland's Chabot Space & Science Center. Sound
sleepers can catch a delayed celebration with solar viewing at UC
Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science or view it anytime on the Web at:
http://sunearthday.nasa.gov/
or
http://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse/2006/

UC Berkeley research astronomer Nahide Craig organized the event in
Side, Turkey, with the Exploratorium under the auspices of the forum, an
educational outreach project co-directed by research astronomer Isabel
Hawkins of UC Berkeley's Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) and James
Thieman of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Side (pronounced
SEE-deh), located about an hour outside Antalya in southwestern Turkey,
sits on a peninsula jutting into the Mediterranean Sea and is notable as
the site of a tryst between Marc Antony and Cleopatra.

Hawkins will co-anchor the 75-minute Webcast with Exploratorium
physicist Paul Doherty, drawing upon the expertise of UC Berkeley
research physicist Janet Luhmann, principal investigator of the IMPACT
instrument aboard the soon-to-be-launched STEREO spacecraft, and NASA
Goddard educators. Craig, a native of Turkey and education manager of
STEREO/IMPACT, will work the crowd. Also on hand to help the local
public and schools will be Ruth Paglierani, coordinator of public
programs at SSL, and Troy Cline, education technology manager of NASA
Goddard.

In Turkey, the team plans activities in the days leading up to the
eclipse -- some of them will be podcast by NASA Goddard and the
Exploratorium -- including visits to local schools. The day of the
eclipse, they will set up telescopes in the amphitheater and distribute
sun-safe eclipse glasses to the 2,500 people expected to crowd into the
event.

The moon's shadow will first darken the Earth along the eastern shore of
Brazil and then move across the Atlantic Ocean to make landfall in
Ghana, Africa. It will continue moving northeast through Togo, Benin,
Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Libya, Egypt, across the Mediterranean and into
Turkey, ending at sunset in northern Mongolia. A partial eclipse will be
seen within the much broader path of the moon's penumbral shadow that
includes the northern two thirds of Africa, Europe and central Asia.

The Webcast itself will start at about 1 p.m. Turkish time (2 a.m. PST)
on March 29, building to the eclipse, which will reach totality at 1:55
p.m. in Turkey (2:55 a.m. PST). First-to-last contact will be between
1:38 PST and 4:13 a.m. PST.

Hawkins noted that the sun is very quiet now, with no sunspots visible
on the surface to intrigue viewers prior to the eclipse. She hopes,
however, that as the moon blocks the light of the sun, lots of stunning
solar prominences will decorate the edge of the sun.

The lively and informational public program will include:

* Live views of the eclipse in both white light and as seen through an
H-alpha filter, which blocks all but the light emitted by hydrogen in
order to reveal more detail on the surface of the sun

* Introduction to Side, Turkey, and to the 2nd-century A.D. Roman
theater where the crew is based

* Eclipse images from NASA's Solar Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO)
satellite, which is stocked with 12 sun-gazing instruments

* Updates on leading-edge solar research conducted by UC Berkeley and
NASA astronomers

* Live updates from the path of totality provided by NASA Goddard's Fred
Espenak, who has been dubbed "Mr. Eclipse" and will be observing in
Libya, and from Ghana by Kennedy Reed of Lawrence Livermore National
Laboratory

The Sun-Earth Connection Education Forum is a partnership between
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center and UC Berkeley's Space Sciences
Laboratory. Its mission is to increase science literacy and steward
Sun-Earth Connection science resources.
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