The article I found on space.com talks about how solar eclipses are rare and unique and explains what a solar eclipse is. it then goes to talk about how there is certain information about the sun that can only be gathered during a total solar eclipse. NASA is funding 11 experiments to test new instruments and observe the sun and moon. since the moon only completely covers the sun of a few minutes this gives scientist a very limited time to conduct this experiments, another f actors that makes it hard it that the eclipse is only visible from a few geographical locations. this gives scientists the opportunity to study the earth in uncommon conditions. NASA will also be funding five different studies, one of them has to do with the effect that it has on the earths nocturnal animals and how the quick changes can affect the weather and vegetation.
This article relates to CO3 ” I can explain the causes of moon phases and eclipses” a solar eclipses happens when the moon fully convert the sun during the day, and a lunar eclipse happens at night when earths shadow covers the light from the sun making the moon no visible. the moon phases are caused by the way the light hits the moon, we did a presentation in class where we had styrofoam balls that represented the moon and we used a light bulb to represent the sun, we then moved the “moon” around are heads and saw how the light of the “sun” changed the shadow on the moon. this article talks about the knowledge we learned in class about how the eclipse is formed but it also talks about something we didn’t learn in class which is how a solar eclipse can help out scientists as well. we also did an activity where we drew our own charts that showed all the moon phases.
I had a previous knowledge of the moon phases and eclipses prior to this class but i never knew how solar eclipses affected different things on earth like animals and the weather, i find it interesting that scientists have to try to gather a whole lot of information about the sun and other things in a short amount of time, and since the solar eclipse can only be seen from certain parts of the world it would make it super hard to gather all the information they want to in a short amount of time. I’m amazed by the patience they have it must take years to complete a full study, if they miss any information they have to wait a whole year to try to get it again.