Shore Leave, A fan run Science Fiction Convention
Alex is a NASA solar astrophysicist studying space weather in our solar system and beyond. He is currently the Associate Director for Science in the Heliophysics Science Division at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and the head of the Heliophysics Education Consortium. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing and coordinating education and public outreach (EPO) in the division as well as for the Heliophysics Division at NASA Headquarters. He works with the EPO teams as a liason with the NASA offices of Education and Communication. In addition, he works with the division scientists to promote and support their research.
Alex's desire to share NASA science with all lead him to continually develop and improve his science communication skills. He enjoys sharing these skills with other scientists at NASA. His passion has also been fueled by giving public lectures, television and radio interviews and participating in several documentaries.
Alex has some classic tendencies of a sci-fi fan/crazy cat guy. He also enjoys running, traveling, watching movies and playing video games.
The August 21, 2017, eclipse was the first total solar eclipse visible in the contiguous United States since 1979 -- and the first that has traversed the entire continent since June 8th, 1918. The moon's shadow cut a 70-mile-wide path, diagonally across the country from Oregon to South Carolina. For over two minutes, those in the path experienced an ethereal twilight with a naked-eye view of the sun's million-degree atmosphere called the corona. Anticipation and energy for this eclipse was off the charts! Over 500 million in North America alone caught the eclipse in either its partial or total phase. Parts of South America, Africa, and Europe saw a partial eclipse as well. NASA took full advantage of this unique celestial event as an education and public engagement opportunity by leveraging its extensive networks of partners, numerous social media platforms, broadcast media, and its significant unique space assets and experts to bring the eclipse to America and the world. My presentation outlines the science and the wonder of total solar eclipses along with the scientific and outreach results of the August 21st spectacle.