Solar Eclipse Conference 2014
The next Solar Eclipse Conference is tentatively scheduled to take place in Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA from the 23rd to the 26th of October 2014.
Update February 2012: The following arrangements have been made for SEC2014. An informal meeting will take place at the Sacramento Peak Observatory on the 23rd and 24th of October 2014 (Thursday and Friday). We have requested to use Sacramento Peak to observe the partial solar eclipse on Thursday followed by a general tour, reception and brief presentation. The New Mexico Museum of Space History and its IMAX Theatre will host the international solar eclipse conference on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th October 2014. We have also found facilities available for a banquet for Saturday evening in nearby Cloudcroft.
Update October 2012: Minor corrections in text. Updated list of speakers of the conference on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 October 2014. On Thursday 23 and Friday 24 October we have been offered to use the conference room of the Sacramento Peak Observatory visitors centre for a two day educational program. Besides observing the partial solar eclipse, An educational program will be offered to a limited number of participants. So far following speakers have accepted or proposed their help in this educational part – alphabetical: Ralph Chou, Fred Espenak, Jim Huddle, Jay Pasachoff, Randy and Pamela Shivak. More details on this program later.
A Crossroad on Physics & Eclipses of the Sun
- from Patrick Poitevin
We had had this project in mind for some time, but mainly due to planning eclipse travels it has been put on hold. The aim of the conferences is to bring together professionals and amateurs, addicts, enthusiasts, and chasers, as with the mailing list and the newsletter, sharing information, knowledge, and experience. For the same reason we organized an international Solar Eclipse Conferences in 2004 and 2007.
Two days of lectures are given in each of the disciplines: predictions, mathematics, solar physics, weather forecasting, eye safety, diameter measuring, edge and central, and ancient eclipse research. Of course the latest and forthcoming solar eclipses should be great topics of discussion, along with the once-in-a-lifetime Venus Transit. Friday evening is a social event with reception and informal meetings. And where possible the conferences is combined with a lunar eclipse, partial solar eclipse and a visit to a solar observatory.
The SEC2000, SEC2004 and SEC2007 conferences were organized by Patrick & Joanne Poitevin. Each conference has been supported by various groups and individuals. We also would like to thank those participants. Without you all it would not have been possible! The last international Solar Eclipse Conference (SEC 2011), was organized by SPACE, New Delhi, India.
Details for the Partial Solar Eclipse 23 October 2014
Speakers List (last update October175 2012)
We have created a “waiting list” for those who are keen to present.
Near by attractions (for Astronomers and Scientists)
The area is very scenic with White Sands National Monument, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, and the New Mexico Spaceport being in reasonable proximity. By 2014, the Spaceport will be operating suborbital flights by Virgin Galactic. Also, star parties are frequently held at the White Sands Nat'l Monument.
Sacramento Peak would be a very good venue to observe the partial solar eclipse because the eclipse will be in progress at sunset and being on top of the mountain ridge provides a very good western horizon. This area has low humidity and clear, transparent skies. Alamogordo is directly under the observatories at Sacramento Peak and Apache Peak. The weather prospects here in October are generally very good with dry transparent skies.The city of Alamogordo, population of 35,000, is home to the New Mexico Museum of Space History. Alamogordo is adjacent to White Sands Missile Range and can be considered to be the birthplace of the U.S. rocket technology. After WW2, the U.S. brought Von Braun and captured rocket engineers to White Sands where they launched a series of V-2 rockets. This is an interesting museum with many artifacts from the U.S. space program. See http://www.nmspacemuseum.org/ They have an IMAX theatre which we will use for the conference. The New Mexico Museum of Space History is on the edge of the city of Alamogordo. The area around Alamogordo is desert and the mountains above are wooded.
There are ample hotel rooms in Alamogordo and the Lodge at Cloudcroft is about a 20 minute drive up the mountain for those who desire a unique setting on the mountain ridge top. The area around Cloudcroft has dark skies and would be very suitable for a star party, as would White Sands. Several well-known amateur astronomers live in the Cloudcroft area and operate private observatories.
The closest major airports are at Albuquerque, about a three hour drive and El Paso, Texas, about 90 minutes away.A wee bit further away:
Some people I would like to list for a big thank you helping in one way or another with the organisation of SEC2014, so far - in alphabetical order:
Jay Anderson, Derryl Barr, Ralph Chou, Fred Espenak, Michael Gill, Jim Huddle, Bill Kramer, Bill Livingston, Lunt Telescopes, Jay Pasachoff, Rainbow Symphony, Glenn Schneider, Michael Zeiler
And of course the teams of the facilities at Sacramento Peak and at the New Mexico Museum of Space History. Last but not least thank you to all speakers who have willingly accepted or proposed to cooperate at SEC2014.
Without you all no SEC2014 would be possible!
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