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Posted on March 5th, 2024

Free For All – Explore Solar Soundscapes

A few times every year the Moon passes directly in front of the Sun, blocking parts of the Earth from receiving the Sun’s light. This marvelous cosmic event is known as a total solar eclipse. The area’s affected experience false night-time, resulting in falling temperatures, visible stars, and a change in the usual daytime behaviors of animals. This behavior has occurred for centuries; however, it isn’t fully understood, and the eclipse is celebrated as a purely visual phenomenon. NASA has come up with a way to challenge both these assumptions.

Learn more about the solar eclipse and why people love them. (Credit: Vox)

30 million people in North America will experience a total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. NASA has funded the Eclipse Soundscapes Project, which will collect the sounds and sights of a total solar eclipse. The Communications Coordinator of the Eclipse Soundscapes Project, Kelsey Perrett, stated, “We want to show that eclipses can be studied in a multi-sensory manner, through sound, feeling, and other forms of observation.” They plan to use the data to better understand how an eclipse affects various ecosystems.

They are encouraging people at all levels to take part in the study. It doesn’t matter if you’re learning about eclipses online, studying the data, collecting the data, or anything else about the subject matter. The project is available to folks of all abilities and backgrounds. People can participate as “Data Collectors”, “Observers”, Apprentice,” and “Data Analysts.”

To learn more and get involved you can visit the Eclipse Soundscapes Project website.

Katie Nelson
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