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NOAA, NSF, NASA, COSI experts will preview next week’s annular eclipse

October 5, 2023
Annular Eclipse ring of fire

Some of the nation’s top solar experts from NOAA, the National Science Foundation (NSF), NASA and Center of Science and Industry (COSI) will be available in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to speak with the media ahead of an annular eclipse that will occur across parts of the western U.S. on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023. An annular solar eclipse takes place when the moon partially covers the sun, leaving its outer edge visible as a bright ring or “annulus” around the darkened moon.

The experts will field questions about solar science and safe viewing of the “ring of fire” eclipse that will begin in the U.S. in Oregon at 9:13 a.m. PDT and end in Texas at 12:03 p.m. CDT. The annular eclipse will then continue to pass through Central and South America before ending in the Atlantic Ocean. 


Media availability with NOAA, NSF, NASA, and COSI experts to answer questions about the annular eclipse


Friday, October 13, 2023 from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. MDT


  • Michael C. Morgan, Ph.D., Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction, NOAA 
  • Elysad Talaat, Ph.D., Director, NOAA’s Office of Space Weather Observations
  • Bill Murtagh, Ph.D., Program Coordinator, NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center
  • Doug Biesecker, Ph.D., Space Weather Scientist, NOAA Space Weather Follow-On L-1
  • Alessandra Pacini, Ph.D., Space Weather Scientist, NOAA’s Center for Environmental Information
  • Peg Luce, Acting Director, Heliophysics Division, NASA 
  • Kelly Korreck, Ph.D., Eclipse Program Manager, NASA
  • Carrie Black, Ph.D., Program Director, NSF and Inouye Solar Telescope
  • Stephen White, Esq., VP of External Affairs, Strategic Initiatives and Business Development


Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum (balcony) 

9201 Balloon Museum Drive, NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 


Media should schedule interview slots by contacting John Leslie, NOAA Public Affairs,

SPECIAL NOTE: The NOAA Studio will simultaneously stream four hours of live programming to YouTube and the TVU Grid network here. (Scroll down to the schedule of events, which are in MDT).

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