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Distinguished Lecturers & Staff
Eclipse '72
July 8 — 15, 1972

[Lecturers and Staff]

Dr. Edward M. Brooks Meteorologist; Professor of Geophysics at Boston College
[Edward M. Brooks]

"Two dimension mobility was sought by Ted Pedas, Phil Sigler and Marcy Pedas Sigler for viewing eclipses. They persuaded the owners and captain of the T.s.s. Olympia to go along the eclipse path in the North Atlantic for the 1972 total eclipse of the sun. They engaged me as the meteorologist and had detailed cloud coverage supplied by weather satellites."

"The first Voyage to Darkness eclipse seen at sea occurred on July 10, 1972 East of New York City. The Olympia was guided to a "hole"between a squall line with thunderstorms and a cold front behind it. The hole started just after the thunderstorms formed at the cold front. The squall line was pushed forward rapidly by faster moving air descending from unusually strong winds aloft. The Olympia experienced the thunderstorms the evening before the eclipse. Fortunately the squall line moved on quickly, leaving the ship in the hole of mostly clear sky until the weaker cold front arrived leisurely after the eclipse."

Edward H. Cann Director, Scientific Photography, Eastman Kodak Co.
[Edward Cann]

Scott Carpenter Astronaut, President, Sea Sciences Corp.
[Scott Carpenter]

John Carr Director, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Boston
Dr. Joseph Chamberlain Director, Adler Planetarium, Chicago
[Joseph Chamberlain]

Don Hall Director, Strassenburgh Planetarium, Rochester, N.Y.
[Don Hall]

George Hamilton Director, Fels Planetarium, Philadelphia
[Geeorge Hamilton]

Dr. Fred Hess Professor, New York State Maritime College
[Fred Hess]

Robert Little Astrophotography Instructor, Hayden Planetarium
[Robert T. Little]

Ted Pedas Science Education Specialist and Planetarium Director at Youngstown State University in Ohio
[Ted Pedas]

Leif Robinson Associate Editor, Sky & Telescope Magazine
[Leif Robinson]

Each day's educational activities began at 6 a.m. with Leif Robinson's Bird-Identification sessions. During the voyage some 5,000 pelagic birds were sighted, particularly greater shearwaters and Wilson's petrels. Also seen were several whales, including a killer and a humpback, flying fish in the Gulf Stream, and porpoises.

Dr. Vincent Schaefer Director, Atmospheric Sciences Research, SUNY, Albany, N.Y.
[Vincent Schaefer]

Dr. Schaefer is the developer of the technique of seeding clouds to produce rain. (The cruise organizers tell how a passenger questioned if it was "prudent to bring a rainmaker on an eclipse cruise".)

Martin Scott Scientific Photography, Eastman Kodak Co.
[Martin Scott]

Dr. Phil S. Sigler Professor of Social Science, Staten Island Community College; President, Eclipse Cruises, Inc.,
[Phil Sigler with Captain John Katsikis]

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