Madhulika “Lika” Guhathakurta, lead NASA eclipse scientist, has traveled the world chasing solar eclipses. She’ll be based at the Salem, Ore., fairgrounds and live streaming for NASA during Monday’s big celestial event. Courtesy of NASA
Lori Thomas didn’t know it at the time, but Super Bowl 50 provided a sort of mental recital for what’s coming Monday.
Thomas served as Foothill College’s publicity coordinator, and she was living just around the corner from Levi’s Stadium on Feb. 7, 2016, showdown day between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers. A year and a half later, Thomas is retired and living in Newport, Ore., where she’s eagerly awaiting the Great American Eclipse, a celestial showdown of sorts expected to attract Super Bowl-sized crowds of up to 100,000 people to her quaint beach town, population 10,000.