Written by: Stacia Hentz
Date: August 17, 2017
The countdown has begun, we’re a days away from the first total solar eclipse since 1979, and the first to cross America since 1918. I hope you have your eclipse glasses — they’re disappearing faster than the Sun on Monday.
If you can’t find glasses or get stuck inside, WOSU TV has you covered on Monday night at 9pm with the special NOVA: Eclipse Over America.
Monday’s solar eclipse will pass through 14 states. We won’t have the opportunity to see the total eclipse here in Columbus, but we will see a partial eclipse. Starting at 1:15 p.m. a lunar shadow 73 miles wide will take one hour and 33 minutes to travel from Oregon to South Carolina, providing continuous viewing for 90 minutes. We’re suppose to hit our peak here around 2:30pm.
NOVA will be with the teams working on the forefront of solar science and solar storm detection. In addition to NASA footage of the event, they’ll coordinate with local PBS stations along the path of totality, who will provide footage shot in their own back yards.
In true NOVA style, the program will also feature immersive CGI animation to reveal the sun’s secret mechanisms and stunning sequences of the eclipse itself.
“NOVA is thrilled to provide our audiences across the U.S. with an up close, in-depth look at this extraordinary event,” said Paula S. Apsell, Senior Executive Producer of NOVA. “We are excited to share the experience with viewers and provide a scientific perspective on the celestial mechanism behind this total solar eclipse and what it can tell us about the inner workings of our sun.”
To make sure no one misses out NOVA, in partnership with PBS NewsHour, will present a Facebook LIVE video during the eclipse hosted by PBS Science Correspondent Miles O’Brien.
An encore presentation of NOVA: Eclipse Over America will air Wednesday night at 8pm on WOSU TV, followed by The Farthest-Voyager in Space at 9pm. This is a two-hour special about NASA’s historic Voyager mission launched in 1977 that revolutionized our understanding of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and their spectacular moons and rings.