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tv   Angela Speck on the Solar Eclipse  CSPAN  August 21, 2017 11:47am-11:57am EDT

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nasa t.v.simulcast of as they watch the eclipse. t 4 p.m. eastern, we'll get reaction live on c-span., says t we should expect to see in washington, d.c., where the c-span studio is located. now on what the eclipse will look like across the country. need to be ready, people look at
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you funny. to interface en with every aspect of this, whether emergency services, of transport, tourism that, as well all as educational, it is such an educational opportunity we want make sure the teachers are ready, that we make the most of this and that safe.body is there are safety issues, too. every conceivable aspect of the been pushing out to whoever needs to know about it. that is do you think important? guest: so, a few different things, first of all, it's happening, it is a thing, why do everest, or want to go to the grand canyon? and one thing you should see in your life. it is coming across the u.s., it engage with y to people in science and in atypical way. a view of science, i'm guessing a lot of viewers
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will not see me as their stereotypical image of scientist. most people have ideas about what science is. really draw on getting people excited about science and hat is something we need right now. host: what do you hope people learn or take away from monday's total solar eclipse? guest: a few different things learn.e people to overall, what i'd like people to see is that the world is an place.g the universe is an amazing place. occasionally, it gives an this is what we'll get to see. like k for some, i'd people to get, you know, science influences that their lives and impacts lives every single day. his is a way of drawing them into that, i want to generate science. people see?ill guest: okay. so it depends on exactly where they are. country will see a partial eclipse.
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let's concentrate on the path of totality. if you're on this band of land south es from oregon to carolina, 70 miles wide. you could have a partial eclipse first. the last 20 minutes of the partial eclipse, before the moon to completely block out the sun, before that, out, the sky will go to dusky colors. birds will start behaving like it is after sunset, flying around, making noise. into place moving and boom, it goes dark, dark eally fast, like, you know, much faster than the sun goes down, takes half an hour to get down. it is dark in seconds, dark like a full moonlight. and corona appear. the sun's atmosphere is the corona, all these streamers are off from around the it looks like a hole in the sky, sun.moon is blocking the then you have streamers of
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white, shimmering gas flowing off of it. will see the brightest stars, it is only as bright as the full moon. a full moon night, you can see stars and planets, and have harry potter fans. he brightest star is regulis, and sirius will be down there, so much to see during the eclipse. more than that, it is also something that you feel. colder, can get colder by 10 degrees, you will feel that. generate e drop will wind, you will feel wind on your skin. animals just birds, will behave like it has gone to night time, there is a lot to eclipse.uring the host: what about the safety? no less u know, it is safe than any other day. eclipse day is not like super unsafe. it is dangerous to look at the sun everyday, i think most the e know, don't stare at sun, it's a bad idea.
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what people don't realize, that is true everyday. eclipse, they don't know, therefore we have some don't it, but don't. we want to see the sun blocked moon. the ear protective eyewear and protective eyewear, eclipse glasses or solar viewing glasses pin-hole camera. people have made those in school when they were younger. basically a hole in something image on the back of a shoe box or something like that, you shouldn't look at the sun good, true on eclipse day, as well. will be entists watching this in order to collect information, to collect what kind of data are they ollecting and how will it be used in guest: so there are various different experiments going on. said, we can see the corona, the sun's atmosphere, the only time we can portion of that is during an eclipse, we can't fake
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an eclipse. like do something a bit it, we lose the bit closest to the sun, close in around the sun. the corona occasionally throws a big at us, like ejection of mass from the sun and comes toward the earth and can affect communications, can grids, we tricity don't fully understand it. a lot of people are going to be does the corona look like. the nice thing about this any given although in place, you don't get more than 2-1/2 minutes of darkness, we're do it along the path from oregon to south carolina, get 90 re able to then minutes of -- what is the corona oing and so there are people taking images, taking images in different colors, giving us information that sort of thing. astronomy main science being done. do withe experiments to
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relativity, light is affected by gravity. the experiment on how animals and plants behave, how the atmosphere behaves. normally get to shut off sunlight and see what happens, we can see what happens. how excited are you? why do you think americans are about this? guest: i think people are genuinely excited about science. are on social media, there so many jokes about it, that if people e sense don't like science. this is something that is once in a lifetime opportunity. most people don't get to see more than one of these, most see one.ver the last one that went coast to was 99 years ago, kind of mixture of that is really cool get to see this again. people are excited. they realize they are seeing get to see, ever
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that makes it super exciting. also like, people want to go to the grand canyon tis cool. ou see a picture and it is cool. you want to see it in the flesh. ahh, you do, it is like, kind of like that. now imagine the grand canyon has erupting vol canno in the sky. the eclipse is like. host: what is your favorite part of watching the eclipse? guest: the things you can't see otherwise. can't see those specific stars that we'll see during the them atugust, i can see night in february. worried about looking at the stars, looking at the can see ity time you is during the eclipse. didn't mention, we get around the horizon, 360 egrees around the horizon, we get sunset colors. dark where the sun is and gets down to the ground and on the ground it is just after
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colors. it goes all the way around. professor, thank you for your time. thank you. > we're joined by the guest we started with, you heard a lot of things. science related question, can recap what he asked and the answer was? i don't remember. uest: he was talking about the solar cycle, e will asking, if the sun or eclipse will because of the position in the solar cycle. two things, one, i'm not that part expert in of astronomy, i study planets sun,nd other stars, not the i was trying to work out the physics in my head. you were to see something, you might be able to see it if you are in the path of that would be one. if during the total solar eclipse, you might see different around that black disc during the


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