Intersection - The 'Most Watched Celestial Event' with Astrophysicist Angela Speck

Aug 14, 2017

Credit Nathan Lawrence

Central Missouri is on the path of totality for the upcoming solar eclipse. That means that the sun will completely disappear from view for a few minutes during the middle of the day. Intersection's Sara Shahriari and Harvest Public Media reporter Kris Husted talk with Mizzou Professor and Director of Astronomy Angela Speck about studying animal reactions, citizen data gathering and exactly how the moon and the sun line up to create daytime darkness. 

*This could be the most watched celestial event ever, as social media spreads the word about a total solar eclipse over a long, populated, accessible swath of the U.S. 

*There is a total solar eclipse almost every year somewhere on Earth, but they're often visible only from very isolated or unpopulated parts of the planet. 

*University of Missouri researchers are studying many aspects of the eclipse, including how animals react the the untimely darkness. 

*Speck details different ways citizen scientists are getting involved in recording data during the eclipse.