Jay Pasachoff

Jay PasachoffJay Pasachoff, Chair of the International Astronomical Union’s Working Group on Eclipses, is Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy at Williams College and a Visitor in Planetary Science at Caltech. He has viewed 60 solar eclipses, and is an expert on both their use for scientific observations and their use for public education. Pasachoff is past president of the International Astronomical Union’s Commission on Education and Development and Chair of the Historical Astronomy Division of the American Astronomical Society. He received the Education Prize of the American Astronomical Society and, last year, the Janssen Prize of the Société Astronomique de France. Pasachoff is the author or co-author of The Cosmos: Astronomy in the New Millennium, the Peterson Field Guide to the Stars and Planets, and Nearest Star: The Surprising Science of Our Sun as well as, on a more technical level, The Solar Corona. 

Selected books:

Pasachoff, Jay M., A Field Guide to the Stars and Planets (Houghton Mifflin Co., 2015).

Golub, Leon, and Jay M. Pasachoff 2010, The Solar Corona (Cambridge University Press, 2009).

Pasachoff, Jay M., and Alex Filippenko, The Cosmos: Astronomy in the New Millennium (Cambridge University Press, 2014).

Jay M. Pasachoff , First Guide to Astronomy, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Co., 2014).

Golub, Leon, and Jay M. Pasachoff, Nearest Star: The Surprising Science of Our Sun (Cambridge University Press, 2014).

Selected articles:

Gulbis, A. A. S., J. P. Emery, M. J. Person, A. S. Bosh, C. A. Zuluaga, J. M. Pasachoff, and B. A. Babcock, “Observations of the same-day 2011 stellar occultation by Charon and graze by Pluto,” in press at Icarus.

Pasachoff, J. M., V. Rusin, M. Saniga, B. A. Babcock, M. Lu, A. B. Davis, R. Dantowitz, P. Gaintatzis, A. Voulgaris, and D. B. Seaton, “Structure and Dynamics of the 13/14 November 2012 White-Light Corona,” in press at The Astrophysical Journal.

Bosh, A. S., M. J. Person, S. E. Levine, C. A. Zuluaga, A. M. Zangari, A. A. S. Gulbis, G. Schaefer, E. W. Dunham, B. A. Babcock, A. B. Davis, J. M. Pasachoff, P. Rojo, E. Servajean, F. Förster, T. Oswalt, D. Batcheldor, D. Bell, P. Bird, D. Fey, T. Fulwider, E. Geisert, D. Hastings, C. Keuhler, T. Mizusawa, P. Solenski, B. Watson, 2014, “The State of Pluto’s Atmosphere in 2013,” in press at Icarus.

Pasachoff, J. M., and R. J. M. Olson, “Art of the Eclipse,” Nature (2014).

Person, M. J., E. W. Dunham, A. S. Bosh, S. E. Levine, A. A. S. Gulbis, A. M. Zangari, C. A. Zuluaga, J. M. Pasachoff, B. A. Babcock, S. Pandey, D. Amrhein, S. Sallum, D. J. Tholen, P. Collins, T. Bida, B. Taylor, J. Wolf, A. Meyer, E. Pfueller, M. Wiedemann, H.-P. Roeser, R. Lucas, M. Kakkala, J. Ciotti, S. Plunkett, N. Hiraoka, W. Best, E. J. Pilger, M. Miceli, A. Springmann, M. Hicks, B. Thackeray, J. Emery, S. Rapoport, I. Ritchie, M. Pearson, A. Mattingly, J. Brimacombe, D. Gault, R. Jones, R. Nolthenius, J. Broughton, T. Barry, “The 2011 June 23 Stellar Occultation by Pluto: Airborne and Ground Observations,” The Astronomical Journal (2013).

Pasachoff, Jay M., and William Sheehan,  “Lomonosov, the Discovery of Venus’s Atmosphere, and Eighteenth-century Transits of Venus,” Journal for the History and Heritage of Astronomy (2012).

Voulgaris, Aris, Paul Gaintatzis, John H. Seiradakis, Jay M. Pasachoff, and Thanasis E. Economou, “Spectroscopic Coronal Observations during the Total Solar Eclipse of 11 July 2010,” Solar Physics (2012).

Pasachoff, Jay M., Evan Tingle, Ingolf E. Dammasch, and Alphonse C. Sterling, “Simultaneous Observations of the Chromosphere with TRACE and SUMER,” Solar Physics (2011).

Pasachoff, Jay M., Glenn Schneider, and Thomas Widemann, “High-resolution Satellite Imaging of the 2004 Transit of Venus and Asymmetries in the Cytherean Atmosphere,” The Astronomical Journal (2011).

Pasachoff, Jay M., Vojtech Rušin, Hana Druckmüllerová, Metod Saniga, Muzhou Lu, Craig Malamut, Daniel B. Seaton, Leon Golub, Alex J. Engell, Steele W. Hill, and Robert Lucas, “Structure and Dynamics of the 11 July 2010 Eclipse White-Light Corona,” The Astronomical Journal (2011).

Pasachoff, Jay M.,Vojtech Rušin, Metod Saniga, Hana Druckmüllerová, and Bryce A. Babcock, “Structure and Dynamics of the 22 July 2009 Eclipse White-Light Corona,” The Astronomical Journal (2011).

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