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Want to help scientists during the solar eclipse? Check out these 5 eclipse-related citizen science projects

Posted August 20

Eclipse Day is almost here! On Monday, a total solar eclipse will sweep across the country. Here in the Triangle, we'll enjoy a partial solar eclipse at around 2:44 p.m.

It will be fun to see with NASA-approved eclipse glasses or a pinhole viewer, of course. It also will be an opportunity for scientists to learn and make observations. And, as we take in the eclipse on Monday, we actually can help those scientists out.

The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences shares these five eclipse-related citizen science projects:

Eclipse Megamovie
The Eclipse Megamovie Project is gathering images of the eclipse from photographers, amateur astronomers and the general public. They’ll then stitch the images together to create a continuous view of the total eclipse as it crosses the United States that will be available to researchers.

Life Responds
Life Responds is aimed at the more biologically minded eclipse watchers! Report what happens to animal behaviors in your area before, during, and after the eclipse through the iNaturalist app or website.

Globe Observer
How cool is the eclipse? Help scientists answer this question by recording the temperature during the eclipse, whether you’re in the path of totality or not, with the Globe Observer.

This one is for Ham radio enthusiasts! With HamSci, use your equipment to help to study the ionospheric effects of the total solar eclipse in one of several studies.

EclipseMob is a crowdsourced effort to conduct the largest-ever low-frequency radio wave propagation experiment during the 2017 solar eclipse. Build your own radio receiver and participate in the measurement!

Looking for more eclipse-related citizen science projects? NASA's eclipse website and SciStarter have more.

On Monday, the science museum in downtown Raleigh will host a live video call from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., with museum astrophysicist Dr. Rachel Smith, who will be in the path of totality in Sylva, N.C.


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