In August 2017, the Earth, Moon and Sun aligned in dramatic fashion and a total solar eclipse blazed a brilliant path across the continental U.S. – for the first time in nearly a century.
In Eclipse Across America, follow an international group of scientists, adventurers and eclipse chasers as they experience the thrilling event and launch experiments with results that could rewrite our understanding of the cosmos.
- Coast to Coast, Part 1: Travel in the path of totality from the Oregon Coast to the banks of the Mississippi River, and learn how small towns to big cities are getting ready for the thrilling event, welcoming millions of visitors who want to witness the Sun’s shimmering corona.
- Coast to Coast, Part 2: The electrifying journey continues from St. Louis’ Gateway Arch to the Atlantic coast of South Carolina, where the path of totality leaves the continental U.S. Hear from one of NASA’s top data scientists on how the strange geometry of the Moon’s shadow is helping to pinpoint the exact path and what viewers can expect to see.
- Eclipse Planet: Earth is home to the grandest eclipses in our solar system, and the only planet with a view of the Sun’s mysterious corona. Learn the science of how and why eclipses occur, and how past eclipses have even helped prove Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity – leading to the discovery of new solar systems.
- Witnessing the Eclipse: Millions of cameras will be rolling on August 21st, as astronomers, eclipse chasers and the general public will set up nationwide to witness and film the eclipse. Capturing the stunning celestial show will take a combination of technology, experience and a healthy dose of luck. Watch the incredible lengths scientists and others will go to record the event and the potential discoveries they hope to find on eclipse day.