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.

Find out more about eclipse chasers and this video with the Producer’s Notes.

Eclipse Chasers 12 March,2016Gabriela Quirós

  • 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!

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Gabriela Quirós

Gabriela Quirós is a video producer for KQED Science and the coordinating producer for Deep Look. She started her journalism career 25 years ago 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 its science series QUEST started in 2006 and has covered everything from Alzheimer’s to bee die-offs to dark energy. She has won five regional Emmys and has shared awards from the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society of Environmental Journalists. Independent from her work in KQED's science unit, she produced and directed the hour-long documentary Beautiful Sin, about the surprising story of how Costa Rica became the only country in the world to outlaw in vitro fertilization. The film aired nationally on public television stations in 2015.

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Sheraz Sadiq

Sheraz Sadiq is an Emmy Award-winning producer at San Francisco PBS affiliate KQED. In 2012, he received the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism award for a story he produced about the seismic retrofit of the Hetch Hetchy water delivery system which serves the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to producing television content for KQED Science, he has also created online features and written news articles on scientific subjects ranging from astronomy to synthetic biology.

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