NASA to let public become Citizen Scientist during Total Solar Eclipse

Jul 24, 2017 17:13 IST

 NASA invites eclipse viewers to participate during Total Solar Eclipse NASA has extended an invitation to eclipse viewers from around America to participate in a nationwide science experiment by collecting cloud and air temperature data and reporting it through their phones during US total solar eclipse.

The invitation is being extended under the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) programme.  The programme is a NASA-supported research and education program that aims to encourage students and citizen scientists to collect and analyze environmental observations.

Background

• For the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will occur across the United States on 21 August 2017.

• The eclipse will cross the country from Oregon to South Carolina over the course of an hour and a half, putting 14 states in a night-like darkness for approximately two minutes in the middle of the day.

• The eclipse will enter the US at 10:15 am PDT off the coast of Oregon and leave U.S. shores at approximately 2:50 pm EDT in South Carolina.

• All of North America will experience at least a partial eclipse.

 NASA invites eclipse viewers to participate during Total Solar Eclipse

Speaking on the programme, Kristen Weaver, the deputy coordinator for the project said that “no matter where you are in North America, whether it’s cloudy, clear or rainy, NASA wants as many people as possible to help with this citizen science project. We want to inspire a million eclipse viewers to become eclipse scientists.”

How to participate?

• The participants would be required to first download the GLOBE Observer app and register to become a citizen scientist.

• GLOBE Observer is a free, easy-to-use app that guides citizen scientists through data collection.

• The app will give instructions on how to make the observations.

• Besides this, the participants would need to obtain a thermometer to measure the air temperature.

• All the observations would be recorded on an interactive map.

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