(FOX19) - The total solar eclipse on August 21 will lead to reduced sunlight during the afternoon that day and also a d rop in temperatures.
Scientists are looking to better understand how temperatures change during a solar eclipse. Thanks to a new app, everyone can now contribute to a nationwide study the day of the eclipse.
To maximize the number of temperature measurements they receive, NASA has developed a free app called GLOBE Observer for Android and Apple devices.
After creating an account and entering their location on the app, NASA is encouraging volunteers to take temperature measurements using a home thermometer before, during, and after the eclipse. Though the total eclipse will only cover a path about 70 miles wide across the country, the rest of the country will experience a partial eclipse.
NASA wants everyone to submit temperature measurements to compare how much temperatures change during a partial eclipse to a total eclipse.
The GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) Observer app also allows users to submit cloud observations so that this may be accounted for in the temperature study. A separate study is also asking people to submit the location of mosquito habitats through the app.
To participate in the eclipse temperature study, download the GLOBE Observer app, and follow the instructions to set up an account and learn how to take proper temperature measurements.