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Astronomer Dr. Isabel Hawkins's journey to the stars began with two chance moments of enchantment with celestial bodies in her native Argentina. Inspired by the mystery of the sky, she went on to study physics and astronomy in California and then to work for 20 years as a research astronomer at UC Berkeley. Now retired from research and devoted to inciting a love of the stars and sky in young people, Dr. Hawkins reflects on her own initial moments of inspiration, on sharing her love of stars with others, and on how astronomy can, and should, remind us of our connection to one another, under a canopy of mystery.

Project: Driven: True Stories of Inspiration | Browse All

Date: July 30, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Art, Astronomy/Space Science
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01:13:00
On August 1, 2008, a total solar eclipse occurred as the new moon moved directly between the sun and the earth. The moon's umbral shadow fell on parts of Canada, Greenland, the Arctic Ocean, Russia, Mongolia, and China. The Exploratorium's eclipse expedition team (our fifth!) Webcast the eclipse live from the remote Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in northwestern China near the Mongolian border.

Project: Solar Eclipse: Stories from the Path of Totality | Browse All

Date: August 1, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science
Running Time:
01:04:45
Watch the telescope-only stream of the total solar eclipse that occurred on August 1, 2008.

Project: Solar Eclipse: Stories from the Path of Totality | Browse All

Date: July 31, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science
Running Time:
00:01:09
An Exploratorium and NASA Sun-Earth Connection Education Forum Event

Overnight eclipse viewing party at Exploratorium begins July 31, 2008 at 9pm. and continues through Friday, August 1 in the wee hours.

San Francisco's Exploratorium brings its fifth eclipse expedition team to remote Xinjiang Province in Northwestern China, very close to the Mongolian border, where the Exploratorium will webcast a total solar eclipse live to the world. Spend the Night at the Exploratorium! See the eclipse in person live at the Exploratorium. Pack your sleeping bag and camp out on the museum floor for an overnight eclipse party...or come to the viewing party in Second Life and enjoy the live webcast, exhibits, and music.

Project: Solar Eclipse: Stories from the Path of Totality | Browse All

Date: July 19, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science

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00:24:36
Join Exploratorium staff Paul Doherty and Robyn Higdon as they discuss the Transit of Mercury.

Project: Transit of Mercury | Browse All

Date: November 8, 2006
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Astronomy
Running Time:
05:12:09
On November 8, 2006, Mercury slowly slid across the face of the sun during a relatively rare event known as a transit. The Exploratorium's Live@ crew was at the Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona to cover the event. This webcast includes a brief history of Kitt Peak and its 21 telescopes.

Project: Transit of Mercury | Browse All

Date: November 8, 2006
Format: Expedition
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Astronomy
Running Time:
1:16:37
On March 29, 2006, a total solar eclipse occurred as the moon moved directly between the earth and the sun. The moon's shadow fell on the earth, first darkening the eastern tip of Brazil, and then moved across the Atlantic Ocean to make landfall in Ghana, Africa. It continued moving northeast through Nigeria, Niger, Libya, Egypt, across the Mediterranean and into Turkey, where an Exploratorium team was waiting.

Project: Solar Eclipse: Stories from the Path of Totality | Browse All

Date: March 29, 2006
Format: Expedition
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science
Running Time:
2:53:54
A telescope-only view of the 2006 eclipse, as seen from Turkey.

Project: Solar Eclipse: Stories from the Path of Totality | Browse All

Date: March 29, 2006
Format: Expedition
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science
Running Time:
00:04:43
On March 29, 2006, a total solar eclipse occurred as the moon moved directly between the earth and the sun. The moon's shadow fell on the earth, first darkening the eastern tip of Brazil, and then moved across the Atlantic Ocean to make landfall in Ghana, Africa. It continued moving northeast through Nigeria, Niger, Libya, Egypt, across the Mediterranean and into Turkey, where an Exploratorium team was waiting.

Project: Solar Eclipse: Stories from the Path of Totality | Browse All

Date: March 29, 2006
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science
Running Time:
00:59:15
Astronomers in many parts of the world watched as Venus moved across the disk of the Sun, one of the rarest planetary alignments. The Exploratorium webcast this historic event from Greece.

Project: The Rarest Eclipse: Transit of Venus | Browse All

Date: June 8, 2004
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science