ASTR 13
Meteorology inside and outside of total eclipses Winter 2022

Class Details

We will discuss and use the meteorology station (temperature/pressure/wind) purchased jointly by the Astronomy Department and the Environmental Analysis Lab. Its first use was to measure the meteorological effects of the abrupt darkening of the solar radiation by a factor of a million during the 2017 total solar eclipse that swept across the United States, and we look forward to using it similarly during the October 2023 annular and April 2024 total eclipses in the U.S. In the meantime, we can set it up on campus and assess it and other local meteorological methods using both real-world weather events in addition to a variety of student-designed experimental weather scenarios. The instructor, Prof. Marcos Peñaloza-Murillo, is a Venezuelan atmospheric scientist who spent a Fulbright year and another academic year in the Astronomy Department at Williams from his home location in Mérida, Venezuela.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 10
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: Short paper and final project or presentation
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: A paragraph to express interest could be used
Unit Notes: Marcos Peñaloza-Murillo, an atmospheric-physics professor emeritus from Venezuela, spent a Fulbright year and an additional year at Williams working with faculty and students on the response of Earth's atmosphere to the darkening caused by solar eclipses.
Materials/Lab Fee: none

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