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.
Bats play a crucial role in many ecosystems around the world. They keep insect populations in check by eating bugs—mosquitos in particular—by the ton each night. Without them, farmers would have to pay for more pesticides to keep their crops safe. Bats also serve as pollinators for hundreds of plants, from bananas to the agave plants that give us tequila. These and other factors make the spread of white-nose syndrome a huge concern for humans.