Baseball Hits an Eclipse

  • Released Thursday, September 21st, 2017
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:47PM
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One of the best places to view the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse was at a ballpark in Keizer, Oregon. Here, NASA Goddard and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission partnered with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes Minor League Baseball team for an "EclipseFest" that featured the first ever "Eclipse Delay" in baseball history. This video shows what took place at the event.

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On Aug. 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse caused the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes Minor League Baseball game to experience the first ever "Eclipse Delay" in professional baseball history. This wasn't a chance occurrence, however, but a planned event. With the Sun and the Moon set to provide the spectacle in the sky, representatives from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center joined forces with the Volcanoes' management team to coordinate an "EclipseFest" on the grounds of the stadium. Over the course of a four-day home series, NASA showcased science experiments, presentations, and videos inside the ballpark for all to see and learn from. Noah Petro, the deputy project scientist for LRO, led the endeavor, bringing more eyes to the field of lunar science.

This video shows what took place at this "EclipseFest" in Keizer, Oregon, and how science and sports combined for one of the most unique viewing experiences in the country.



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