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The Exploratorium is sending a production crew thousands of miles by plane and by boat to Woleai, Micronesia, to broadcast a solar eclipse live to the world. Many factors went into choosing a destination for the broadcast. Executive Producer Robyn Higdon looked along the path of totality for this eclipse, which will start in Indonesia and sweep across the Pacific Ocean, to find a location with good weather predictions and solid land for setting up the telescopes. The Woleai Atoll in Micronesia was the perfect choice. Tune in on March 8th at 5:00 p.m. PST to watch the live broadcast! Learn how to cast images of the sun using nothing more than a piece of paper and your hands! Check out this D.I.Y. video on how to build your own sun viewer using items that you may have lying around your house. All you need is a pair of binoculars, a tripod, and a large piece of white paper or fabric to project the solar image onto.
This is the method used by Galileo himself!
There are many ways that you can safely enjoy a partial or total solar eclipse using items from around your house! Dr. Paul Doherty will show you a few of the easiest methods for safe solar viewing. Neon is normally odorless and colorless, reacting with no one, not even itself. Abundant in the universe, uncommon on Earth, it drifts aloof from any bond. When isolated by Sir William Ramsay and Morris Travers inside a vacuum tube in 1898, the noble gas betrayed its excitement in brilliant red. That excitement, glowing within Georges Claude’s ingeniously curved lamps since 1923, has captured our imaginations ever since. Dr. Paul Doherty will give you a demonstration on how the sun can burn a hole in your retina if you don't take the proper procausions when viewing a Solar Eclipse. Remember: Never look directly at the sun, even during a Partial Eclipse!
To learn more about eclipses and safe viewing techniques, check out the various articles and videos on our Eclipse website.
http://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse/ Artist Tim Hawkinson is celebrated for his idiosyncratic, imaginative artworks that re-purpose everyday materials in inventive sculptural constructions that simultaneously confound and delight. Hawkinson has collaborated with the Center for Art and Inquiry and the Studio for Public Spaces to create the third installment of our adventurous Over the Water series of large-scale artworks for the civic space at Pier 15. Bosun’s Bass is a tide-activated sound work inspired by the bosun's call, the high-pitched whistle used by mariners to give commands that can be heard over the roar of the sea.
Evoking the eerie sounds of San Francisco’s maritime past, Hawkinson’s whimsical work employs elements of everyday transportation—shipping container, bus bellows, bicycle—to create a bass bosun's whistle, which is tuned three octaves lower than the traditional instrument.
The shipping container, pitched vertically and installed over a hole in the deck of Pier 15, provides the lungs of the system. Tidal waters rise and fall in the container, compressing air and pushing it up into a giant bellows mounted above. The bellows, reclaimed from the pleated section of an articulated Muni bus, provides a steady source of pressurized air, which moves through a hose to the bicycle frame and there blows the bosun’s pipe. The airflow is controlled by a series of valves, levers, and other mechanisms that emulate a bosun’s hand and mouth motions to produce different sounds in the whistle. Cued by patterns cut into the tread of the bike's rear wheel, the bass bosun's pipe plays 21 different traditional calls including "Attention," "Carry On," "Swab the Deck," and "Pipe Down.”
The Exploratorium has been bringing solar eclipses to world-wide audiences via live broadcasts since 1998. We'll be on site again to capture the 2016 Total Solar Eclipse from the remote Micronesian island of Woleai.
Join us live from Micronesia on March 8, 2016 at 5 p.m. PST either online or at the Exploratorium’s free event!
We’ll also be broadcasting the 2017 eclipse; Stay tuned for more details!
Join Resonance host, Nicole Minor in conversation with performer, composer, and ethnomusicologist A.J. Racy.
Dr. Racy ushered in the third season of Resonance on December 10th, 2015 with a range of compositions and improvisations that explore ancient modes and forms endemic to Middle Eastern cultures. On March 8, 2016, 5pm PST the Exploratorium will present a live webcast of the total solar eclipse in Micronesia. Join us here online or in person at the Exploratorium.