See the Eclipse: Support Science & Global Warming

See the Eclipse: Support Science & Global Warming

Odd. No one is in denial of America’s Aug 21 total solar eclipse. Like Climate Change, methods & tools of science predict it. These words were tweeted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, one of America’s foremost scientists whose name is synonymous with anything related to science.  

At least for this one day, August 21, 2017, Americans are in the grip of science and eager to learn about it, see it, experience it. I say BRAVO!
The widow of Carl Sagan, an American astronomer known for popularizing the study of science through books and television shows who died in 1996, said this about the coming eclipse:
“Think of it. We’re born in this kind of cosmic quarantine with no knowledge of what’s going on in the solar system, let alone the universe. And every now and then there’s an eclipse or every once in a while a comet appears in our skies. This is a kind of inducement to figure out what’s going on.
 
I’m glad we have [eclipses] because it reminds us of that sudden chill–the motion of the birds, the way that the rest of life reacts to the blocking out of the sun. It has that kind of mythic, biblical power to it. And it should.”

Neil deGrasse Tyson, like Sagan, is an American astrophysicist and author who communicates with eagerness and a smile about anything you might want to know about science, the heavens, the eclipse, research regarding the solar system and yes, global warming. Since 1996, he has been the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City.

That center is part of the American Museum of Natural History, where Tyson founded the Department of Astrophysics in 1997 and has been a research associate in the department since 2003. He is joyful about his work and whenever you see him in public, he is wearing a tie that pictures the solar system, the planets and shouts out: I’m an astrophysicist!!

See the Eclipse: Support Science & Global Warming

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Tyson states: There is no science in this world like physics. Nothing comes close to the precision with which physics enables you to understand the world around you. It’s the laws of physics that allow us to say exactly what time the sun is going to rise. What time the eclipse is going to begin. What time the eclipse is going to end. Monday is the day, but if you don’t have protective glasses read this piece in the Washington Post: Can’t find the protective glasses to watch the solar eclipse? Go old school.    

Science can help us use electricity efficiently, teach us about the planet we live on, help us cure diseases, reach for the stars…and on and on. Science can help us save our planet. Enjoy the eclipse in whatever form that takes for you. And do yourself a favor: read up on global warming. Help save this beautiful planet. Read and treasure the words of Carl Sagan:

Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam…It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”

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10 thoughts on “See the Eclipse: Support Science & Global Warming

  1. Hi Elizabeth,
    My school is going into lockdown tomorrow so no one stares at the sun.
    Can I vent? You mentioned Global Warming. It frustrates me the president doesn’t believe it’s true.
    Janice

    • Thanks, Janice. As a teacher, you realize how important science is for the future of your students. We are doing damage to the planet right now and the government is turning away from that. Makes no sense.

  2. I love Neil deGrasse Tyson and love your post. I wish more people would embrace the wonders of science and how we can use it to help our planet. Just a warning for those using some of those cheap eclipse glasses. Some are being recalled and eye doctors warn about looking into the sun. Better to watch it on TV.

    • Thanks, Rebecca. Yes, eyes are precious so being careful beats seeing the eclipse. Thanks for your support. Neil gets mine every day.

  3. Neil deGrasse Tyson went to my high school (although not when I went there) and I am so proud of the pro-science stands he takes. And, so entertaining, which helps, too. (And yes, I’m watching the eclipse tomorrow.)

    • Thanks Alana. Wow, Neil is such a hero. I love the story that he took a bus to Ithaca to meet Carl Sagan–his hero. It was raining when he was due to leave, and Sagan walked him to the bus stop with an umbrella. Neil went on to walk in Sagan’s footsteps.

  4. Science is something that we all should embrace, as it opens up so many horizons and instills so many new ideas in all of us. Those who fight it are missing the excitement of discovery.
    The eclipse is the big ticket, but then there are so many other things that it offers if one takes the time and energy to investigate. You might look at the eclipse as the World Series, but there has been a whole season of great baseball before it. 🙂

    THANKS Boomer Highway!!!!!!!

  5. People believe the solar eclipse will occur but not climate change, go figure! Got to love Neil. His influence I hope is making many kids interested in science.

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