There will be millions of people who can contemplate, even partially, this total solar eclipse, in regions such as South America, Europe and Africa. In total, it can be seen only in North America.
With the growth of technology from smartphones to satellites, the eclipse will be captured as never before and will provide scientists with more accurate information on how the Sun works. In order to follow the event fully, NASA will provide real-time coverage of this phenomenon, With the participation of scientists. In addition to dozens of terrestrial cameras, telescopes, airplanes and balloons that will be used to keep the transmission more reliable.
“This event will rival the landing on the Moon of 1969 as a milestone for a new generation”, said Madhulika Guhathakurta, NASA’s leading scientist for the 2017 eclipse. The phenomenon will be more visible in the United States, where everything will be shaded During the eclipse. Its range of total darkness will be 113 km and its movement will be from Oregon to South Carolina, passing, however, by 14 American states.
One of the most popular projects related to this eclipse is the so-called “Eclipse MegaMovie”, which Google will hold together with the University of California at Berkeley.
The goal of the project is to gather images recorded by students and other amateur observers of the eclipse trajectory in order to create educational material that describes what this 93-minute phenomenon was like as it passed through the country. Another project, Citizen Continental-America Telescopic Eclipse (CATE), will be run by the National Solar Observatory and the University of Arizona, and will be a kind of relay race.
Many volunteers from various universities, colleges and national laboratories will be distributed along the course of the eclipse, using identical systems of telescopes and digital cameras to capture high-quality images. The eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, thus blocking the passage of light. Although the two moments are different sizes, the distance between them allows this phenomenon to happen completely.
The perfectly circular blackout of the sun’s bright center allows scientists to capture in detail the sun’s elusive outer atmosphere, or solar corona. Until then the NASA Space Agency reminds all who wish to observe the eclipse that they must take the necessary precautions, since it is never safe to look directly at the Sun during this phenomenon, not even with normal dark glasses.