The whole country is set to experience a total solar eclipse on August 21 ranging from Oregon to South Carolina. The moon will completely cover the sun and allow for people to experience a rare phenomenon. It is an opportunity for millions of people to experience something as one big group.
Such an event is also perfect for scientists to conduct experiments with new technology. According to Science Daily, high schools, universities and institutions such as NASA and the National Science Foundation have created time lapse camera systems and radio transmission docks to capture the eclipse and study how the layers of the atmosphere are affected by the light change.
“This is a social phenomenon, and we have a significant opportunity to promote this and do all the science we can,” NASA’s lead scientist Madhulika Guhathakurta said in the article. “What makes this an even more valuable opportunity is that everyone has access to it.”
The Denver Museum of Nature and Science will hold a solar eclipse viewing party with safety goggles, family activities and scientific lessons throughout the day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
There are specific sites that will give a good view of the darkening sky on the day of the eclipse. NASA has a scientifically accurate map with dates and times for peak watching.