Eclipse Watching B-Roll At NASA Goddard

  • Released Monday, August 21, 2017

On Monday, Aug. 21, all of North America was treated to one of the rarest celestial events – a solar eclipse. Members of the public came out to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center’s Visitors Center to experience the partial and chat NASA scientists about this unique event.

During the eclipse, 14 states across the U.S. were in the path of totality and experienced more than two minutes of darkness in the middle of the day – with a partial eclipse viewable all across North America. The eclipse’s long path over land provided a unique opportunity to study the Sun, Earth, Moon and their interaction.

Solar eclipses happen somewhere in the world about every 18 months, but much of the time it happens over the ocean. To have an eclipse travel across so much land where millions of people live is incredibly rare, and makes for a unique opportunity for so many to witness one of nature’s most impressive shows.

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