Our next meeting:

Tuesday May 19th 2015

JJ’s Bistro

3447 Waialae Avenue in Kaimuki (between 9th and 10th Avenues)

Social/dinner hour from 6 pm: talk starts 7 pm

Everybody welcome: no admission charge

Note that JJs is BYOB, but Tamura’s liquor store is right across the street.


Shadia Habbal

Faculty Chair, UH Institute for Astronomy


The Magic of Total Solar Eclipses


Born in Syria, Dr Habbal obtained her PhD at the University of Cincinnati. She worked for several years at the Harvard Center for Astrophysics, then held a professorship at the University of Wales before moving to Hawaii in 2005. Her research focuses on the solar wind and on the Sun’s magnetic field.

Dr Habbal's efforts at organizing an eclipse expedition to India in 1995 led to the establishment of an international group of scientists sometimes referred to as the ”solar wind sherpas.” They have mounted six successful eclipse expeditions since 2001. Shadia has recently returned from Norway where she and her group studied the March 20th solar eclipse from four different locations