Eclipse Over America

A total solar eclipse crosses the US, captivating onlookers and revealing hidden secrets of the sun. Airing August 21, 2017 at 9 pm on PBS Aired August 21, 2017 on PBS

Program Description

On August 21, 2017, millions of Americans witnessed the first total solar eclipse to cross the continental United States in 99 years. As in all total solar eclipses, the moon blocked the sun and revealed its ethereal outer atmosphere – its corona – in a wondrous celestial spectacle. While hordes of citizens flocked to the eclipse’s path of totality, scientists, too, staked out spots for a very different reason: to investigate the secrets of the sun’s elusive atmosphere. During the eclipse’s precious seconds of darkness, they gathered new clues on how our sun works, how it can produce deadly solar storms, and why its atmosphere is so hot. NOVA investigates the storied history of solar eclipse science, and joins both seasoned and citizen-scientists alike as they don their eclipse glasses, tune their telescopes, and behold the Eclipse Over America

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Martin Gorst
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Chris Schmidt
Carlo Massarella
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Johnny Shipley
Matthew Ainsworth
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Jason Longo
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Image credit (Moon between NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory and the Sun)
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Participants

Amir Caspi
Southwest Research Institute
Nicky Fox
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Holly Gilbert
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Don Hassler
Southwest Research Institute
Jason Kalirai
Space Telescope Science Institute
James Klimchuk
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Bill Murtagh
Space Weather Prediction Center
Tyler Nordgren
University of Redlands
Mathieu Ossendrijver
Humboldt University, Berlin
Jay Pasachoff
Williams College
Steven Tomczyk
National Center for Atmospheric Research
Constantine Tsang
Southwest Research Institute

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