NASA scientist speaks with THV11 about Solar Eclipse

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- On Monday, daylight will turn to darkness during a solar eclipse.

It's the first that will be seen by all of North America since 1918. For most, it will be an unforgettable sight.

Here in Little Rock, it will start around 11:47 a.m. The peak is at 1:18 p.m., and the last of the eclipse happens at 2:46 p.m.

"On that Monday, the moon's shadow will darken the sky, causing temperatures to drop and stars to become visible in the normally day lit sky. This brief hiccup in the usual day-night cycle changes the amount of energy an area gets from the sun,” said NASA scientist Dr. Michelle Thaller.

You can even become a citizen scientist during the eclipse using the GLOBE app. This helps scientists study exactly what happens around the world during an eclipse.

"NASA scientists hope to learn just how much earth's environment changes during this historic eclipse and they need help from your viewers! Using the globe observer phone application, curious eclipse onlookers can become citizen scientists. This resulting data will help us better understand the important relationship between the sun and earth,” Dr. Thaller said.

For more information on where you can get your safety glasses and help NASA with its study, you can click here

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