Days Away from the Darkness!

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One week.

Yep, that's right only seven days until the Great American Solar Eclipse.
News 13’s Meteorologist Justin Roth takes a look at the history of eclipses and how scientist use them to make amazing breakthrough studies.

There have been points in history when it comes to science where we can look back and say, “Wow that was big!”

Some points in history include: Sir Issac Newton discovering gravity in the 1600's to Benjamin Franklin and his famous lightning experiment in the 1700s.

And who knows, maybe in one week someone will make an amazing discovery during this year's eclipse.

According to NASA the first recorded eclipse was over five thousand years ago.

Scientist Dr. Geronimo Villanueva shared, “If you're in this path of totality as you were saying. This 70 mile wide path actually the whole sun is going to be covered. It's a fantastic show because it's going to become super dark the temperatures are going to drop and you have two minutes to see this unique event. It's not only for science it’s for social event to go and explore this because it's going to be magnificent.”
Eclipses have helped us reach many conclusions that seem rather obvious now, like how the sun is farther away from the earth than the moon is and the sun has a solar corona.

Casper College Physics Professor Dr. Andrew Young commented, “During a total solar eclipse were able to see the corona usually any other time the corona is difficult or impossible to see so by having the moon in the way we can actually view the corona in its full glory and try to get information about it."

Doctor Young said during the eclipse, he will be assisting NASA with one of their many projects.

Solar eclipses have given way to some amazing discoveries.
Helium was discovered in the sun's atmosphere during a solar eclipse in 1868.

And Albert Einstein was able to prove his famous theory of relativity during the 1919 solar eclipse.

"As scientist what we want to do is continue the process and make sure Einstein is still right and so looking at this eclipse we'll also be able to confirm yet again Einstein theory of relativity."

With that said the main focus for scientists is clear, “We are going to be able to probe an area that is very difficult to see it’s the corona of the sun. It's the deep outer part of the atmosphere that is normally very opaque from the brightness of the sun. We can explore this area that is super-heated and it's the connection point between our planet and the other planets. So to learn a little more about this corona we learn more about how this impacts our planet so this provides a unique view into the corona of the sun.”

And with space travel becoming more and more of a possibility, perhaps one day humans will be able to view an eclipse from a different planet.



 
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