The Science of Sustainability

Eclipse Chasers

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Meet the Bay Area's eclipse chasers – adventurers who travel the world to witness and document solar eclipses. In these rare moments, the moon covers the sun for a few minutes, leaving only its fiery atmosphere visible. Watch the China 2008 eclipse and learn about an invention that helped researchers photograph the sun's atmosphere in breathtaking detail.

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Category: Astronomy, Television

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Gabriela Quirós

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Gabriela Quirós is a TV Producer for KQED Science & Environment. She started her journalism career in 1993 as a newspaper reporter in Costa Rica, where she grew up. She won two national reporting awards there for series on C-sections and organic agriculture, and developed a life-long interest in health reporting. She moved to the Bay Area in 1996 to study documentary filmmaking at the University of California-Berkeley, where she received master’s degrees in journalism and Latin American studies. She joined KQED as a TV producer when QUEST started in 2006 and has covered everything from Alzheimer’s to bee die-offs to dark energy. She has shared two regional Emmys, and four of her stories have been nominated for the award as well. Independent from her work on QUEST, she produced and directed the hour-long documentary Beautiful Sin for PBS, about the surprising story of how Costa Rica became the only country in the world to outlaw in-vitro fertilization.
  • Diane H.

    I saw this last night on TV and learned some new things about eclipses! The whole "spaghetti string" pattern and the "diamond ring" phenomenon, for example, were new to me, and the footage of eclipse watching around the globe was really interesting. The music was good, too, and complemented the video very well — and I was surprised when I heard a familiar tune, and sure enough, when I checked the online video, the music beginning at 5:46 is "Blanca" by Jim Ferguson, the fine classical guitarist/composer, and local Bay Area artist. I like that the filmmaker put so much thought into every aspect and detail of this production. Thanks for an informative and well done documentary!