Sunday, 7 January 2018
Exhibit Hall 5 (ACC) (Austin, Texas)
On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will pass over the continental United States for the first time in nearly 40 years. An umbral eclipse occurs when the Moon crosses in between the Earth and the Sun, resulting in an area of the Earth’s surface where the Sun is totally blocked. Within the path of totality, observers will experience one of the most awe-inspiring natural phenomena. Scientists will also be able to gather experimental data on a wide range of subjects, ranging from solar projections and flares and their effects on Earth, the accuracy of astronomical projections, and the impact on Earth’s weather.
Being on site in Long Creek, Oregon, within the path of totality, images and weather data from the Great American Eclipse will be gathered. Using these observations, and those gathered from across Oregon and also across the country, I will delve into the effects an eclipse has on weather conditions, such as temperature and the eclipse wind.
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