Crossroads Eclipse 2017 Research Workshop (CERW 2017)

Tanjung_Pandan_ObservationsCERW 2017 is being established to facilitate and enrich research opportunities in solar science and citizen science.  SIU Carbondale has established research observation areas at the SIU Farms Dark Site and the main campus that will be available to workshop participants. Participants will be required to present on their research project and are requested to submit brief abstracts for either talks and/or poster presentations. Selected presentations will be made at SIU Carbonadale on August 19, 2017. Posters will additionally be displayed at the Crossroads Astronomy Science and Technology Expo to be held August 20 – 21 at SIU Carbondale.  Successful applicants will be given access to research space for eclipse observations either on the SIUC main campus, or at the SIUC Farms Dark Site.  Space is limited.

Lodging:  Participants will be responsible for their own lodging arrangements.

SIU Schneider Hall has a limited number of suites available from Saturday, August 19 thru Tuesday, August 22.  More info online at:

Limited accommodations are available at SIU Touch of Nature.  Contact Touch of Nature Eclipse coordinator, Kayla Cole ( for details.   See additional details for camping options below.

Registration is open. Download Registration form here. Cost: $50 per person.  A limited number of fee waivers is available.

Research Locations

SIU Dark Site

Telescope pads during construction. Fall 2016.

The SIU Farms dark site consists of ten telescope pads, open grass areas, and a parking area. Additionally, there is a small area that may be used for camping by the workshop participants.  There are no services available at the site.    A single common use open wall tent will be setup at the site to provide limited shade and shelter to teams along with a hospitality trailer.  Teams wanting to stay on site will be allowed to primitive camp, or arrange for their own RV accommodations.  Porta potties will be provided on site.

The pads are oriented in such a way that they all have a clear view of totality and do not block one another. Pads are 10’ X 10’ concrete and are separated from one another to provide vibration isolation.  Teams may setup their own tents on the pads provided they do not block other team’s observations.

SIU Farms Dark Site Location. Image courtesy of Xavier Jubier

The site is located in the center of a 1 mile section of SIU farm fields and is far away from any roadways to minimize the chance of passing vehicles causing vibrations that would affect observations.  The site is secluded from the general public to allow for setup of telescopes in advance and uninterrupted research observations. Research teams at the site will need to provide for their own power utilizing batteries or portable generators.

Main SIU Carbondale Campus

Teams needing access to power or having a major outreach component will be allowed observation space on the main campus.  Contact the workshop coordinator, Bob Baer, for details.

Important Dates

Feb 28, 2017 Abstracts due

March 24, 2017  Notifications of accepted presentations

July 31, 2017 Posters and presentation slides due to workshop coordinator

August 18, 2017:  Advanced access to observation sites for equipment setup and calibration.

August 19, 2017: Talks presented at the SIU Student Center Auditorium.  Posters presented outside the Student Center Auditorium.

August 20, 2017:  Posters on display at Expo

August 21, 2017: Eclipse research observations

August 22, 2017: Dark site closed.

Organizing Committee

Bob Baer, SIU Carbondale

Mark Byrd, SIU Carbondale

Thanasis Economou, University of Chicago

Mike Kentrianakis, American Astronomical Society

Matt Penn, National Solar Observatory