Scientists Kristina Gibbs and Gregory Schmidt will visit Mazatlán in December to prepare for the observation of the total solar eclipse, whose path will touch the Pearl of the Pacific
MAZATLAN. – The total solar eclipse that will pass through Mazatlán on April 8 is giving something to talk about and prior to this phenomenon, scientists from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA, will visit this city, from December 4 to 7 , as part of their preparations.
Scientists Kristina Gibbs and Gregory Schmidt will be the ones who come and get to know all the spaces and corners where the eclipse can be seen. They occupy the deputy directorship of the Virtual Institute for Solar System Research, which has the acronym SSERVI NASA.
There will also be Brian Day, who is part of the SSERVI scientific body, and Mario Arreola Santander, an expert from the Mexican Space Agency, the body in charge of directing Mexico’s space policy.
This NASA team will work together with the Mazatleca Astronomical Society to organize public events for scientific dissemination and observation of the Total Solar Eclipse, which will take place on April 8, 2024.
According to Schmidt, on April 8 a larger group of scientists will come to Mazatlán because this will be the first point on the American continent where the eclipse will be visible; Then the shadow will continue its path through the states of Durango, Coahuila and the east coast of the United States and Canada.
NASA plans to make a broadcast for the entire world that will be broadcast on its official channels, but will also collaborate with public events through the installation of telescopes in different parts of Mazatlán.
The idea, explained David Esquivel, from the Mazatleca Astronomical Society, is to install different telescopes for visibility, in addition, they will give away special solar filters.
Google map developed by Javier Jubier shows the area that will be affected by the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024, according to time zone.
In addition to the members of SSERVI, other scientists have shown interest in settling in Mazatlán to study the Great North American Eclipse, such as members of the National Solar Observatory, scientists in charge of the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope, located on the Island of Maui, Hawaii and they plan to send a team to the port and do research on the sun that can only be done during solar eclipses.