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It’s not often that college students embrace an early start to the day, but this week’s rare solar eclipse brought out the early birds at Oregon State University, which had ringside seats as the sun began its path of totality across the U.S. As one of 30 NASA Space Grant universities across the country, the university hosted a three-day eclipse celebration for the public. Despite a party-like atmosphere, the eclipse also received plenty of attention from academic researchers. A student-led team on an OSU research vessel off the Pacific Coast released a weather balloon complete with video equipment for live streaming to NASA-TV. In addition, its Center for Research of Lifelong STEM Learning collaborated with Google on the Eclipse Megamovie 2017, which had more than 1,000 volunteer photographers and amateur astronomers stationed across the nation to capture a continuous view of the eclipse.
Academic and public libraries focus on education and research
But it wasn’t just students and academic researchers in the Northwest who were eagerly donning eclipse spectacles on Monday—just take a look at NASA’s crowded map of library events in honor of the eclipse. We did a little research ourselves to find out what eclipse watchers hoped to learn during the event.
Of course, observation is only part of the equation when it comes to academic research. Having data and tools to uncover insights—from past news coverage of momentous events or new findings from the latest one—ensures students won’t be in the dark, no matter what topic they’re researching.
Did your library sponsor any events for Total Eclipse 2017? Let us know in the comments below.