Premieres Monday, August 21 at 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET on PBS
(Check your local listings)
On Monday August 21, 2017, America’s eyes will be glued to the skies as the mainland United States experiences the first total solar eclipse since 1979, and the first to cross the USA since 1918. PBS’ award-winning science series, NOVA, produced by WGBH Boston, will capture the spectacular event in a special presentation to air hours after it takes place.
This extraordinary cosmic spectacle will pass through 14 states, and everyone in the continental U.S. will have the opportunity to see at least a partial eclipse, possibly making it the most widely viewed American eclipse of all time. Commencing at 10:15 a.m. PDT (1:15 p.m. EDT), a lunar shadow 73 miles wide will take one hour and 33 minutes to travel from Oregon on the west coast to South Carolina on the east, allowing continuous observation for 90 minutes.
NOVA will follow teams working on the forefront of solar science and solar storm detection, incorporating immersive CGI animation to reveal the sun’s secret mechanisms, stunning sequences of the eclipse itself, NASA footage, and more. NOVA will also collaborate with several local public television stations along the path of totality, who will provide footage shot in their own back yards, illustrating the excitement the eclipse generates across the nation.
Also prior to the eclipse on Monday at 12 noon ET, NOVA will present a Facebook LIVE event in partnership with PBS “NewsHour.” Hosted by PBS Science Correspondent Miles O’Brien, the event will feature commentary by Jason Kalirai from the Space Telescope Science Institute and other experts gathered to watch the eclipse from a location along the path of totality- about 40 miles east of Irwin, Idaho. Link: http://facebook.com/NOVAonline