For a couple minutes on 21 August, the sun will go dark along a hundreds-of-kilometers-wide path stretching from Oregon to South Carolina. A partnership between Google and the University of California, Berkeley, is asking citizen scientists across the United States to help capture this solar eclipse, a result of the moon moving between Earth and the sun, BBC News writes. The Eclipse Megamovie Project will stitch together volunteer images and videos to create a continuous view of the eclipse crossing the continent. The publicly available data will help scientists studying the sun’s outer atmosphere.
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