Comments on: Exploring the Sun The magazine of the University of Hawai'i System Thu, 06 Sep 2012 21:11:28 +0000 hourly 1 By: Cheryl Ernst Mon, 27 Jul 2009 18:38:46 +0000 Habbal and her team watched the 2009 eclipse from the Enewetak Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, where temperatures climbed over 100 degrees during the day. They will give a presentation on the expedition at 12:30 p.m. July 29 in the Institute for Astronomy auditorium in Mānoa.

While still in the field, Habbal reported that everyone is happy with the experiments, and though there were a few clouds, most of totality was fully visible from their location. (In much of China, where many people went to watch the eclipse, the view was obscured clouds, drizzle, rain and smog.)

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory donated space for the team at its whole-body radiation counting facility, constructed as part of the cleanup of the Marshall Islands. While there, some of the team took a boat to Runit island to view the large concrete cap placed over the soil and waste cleaned up from the islands.

Food and water were brought in to minimize exposure to bio-accumulated radionuclides in local produce and water.