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What Will We See During the 2017 Eclipse?

Excited for the August 21 eclipse? Visit our Eclipse 2017 page to explore the science, history, and myths of the event. The Curiosity team will be viewing the eclipse alongside NASA in Carbondale, Illinois. Follow us on Facebook for live videos, trivia, and interviews on the big day.

Why is the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, going to be such a huge deal? Michelle Nichols, educator and astronomer at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, joins us on a special episode of the Curiosity Podcast to explain everything from the science to the community surrounding this astronomical event.

As Director of Public Observing, Michelle leads the Adler Planetarium's various telescope and sky observing efforts, including the 'Scopes in the City telescope outreach program, free nighttime observing in the Doane Observatory via Doane at Dusk, Adler's telescope volunteer program, and much more. Stream or download the podcast using the player below, or find the episode everywhere podcasts are found, including iTunes, Stitcher, and Soundcloud.

The Path Of Totality

In addition to explaining the historical and scientific significance of the event, Michelle discusses:

  • What it's like working at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago as Director of Public Observing.
  • Why the eclipse on August 21, 2017, is such a huge deal, including the location and duration of the "path of totality."
  • A play-by-play of what it's like to experience a total solar eclipse when within the path of totality, and how to get the most from the experience.
  • Where to focus your attention during the eclipse, no matter how total it is in your location.
  • The importance of eclipse glasses and why safety precautions are so important during a solar eclipse.

Plus, hear what to expect when Curiosity editors join Michelle and other scientists from the Adler Planetarium and NASA in Carbondale, Illinois, to view the eclipse from within the path of totality. Follow Curiosity on Facebook for live videos, trivia, and interviews on the big day. Click here to read the full transcript of this podcast.

Michelle Nichols, Director of Public Observing at the Adler Planetarium

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