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NASA Engages “Citizen Scientists” ahead of Eclipse

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Solar eclipse (Courtesy: AP Graphics) Solar eclipse (Courtesy: AP Graphics)

There are so many ways to view the total eclipse of the sun happening on Monday, August 21 - not only is it a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but viewers are able to appreciate the eclipse in a more interactive way than ever before!

NASA says a total eclipse of the sun is one of the most awe-inspiring natural phenomena in the world, so it wants to engage everyone from the citizen scientists and photographers, to the casual observer.

If you want to take an active role in a nationwide science experiment, NASA is looking for people to collect cloud and air temperature data and report it through their phones. The NASA supported app, GLOBE Observer guides you through the data collection.

If you’re interested in how the eclipse will look from anywhere on the planet, you’ll like NASA’s “Eyes on the 2017 Eclipse” App, a 3D simulation of the total eclipse to preview the temporary mid-afternoon blackout exactly as will be seen from anywhere in the country.

When the big day actually comes, NASA wants to engage with you as journalist, artist and documentarian. NASA is encouraging observers to share their eclipse experience by uploading pictures, videos and even artwork to the Flickr group – “Total Solar Eclipse 2017 – NASA."

If you’re interested in some hands-on fun to mark the eclipse – get crafty and make your own pinhole projector. Patterns are available through NASA’s website.
Just before and after the total eclipse… you can hold a 5 millimeter pinhole 3-4 feet above the ground for the strongest, clearest projection.

NASA’s deputy director has told reporters they want to inspire a million eclipse viewers to become eclipse scientists. Be creative and have fun but be safe! NEVER look directly at the sun even through devices like pinhole projectors or telescopes.


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