The popular PBS science program NOVA will report on the August 21 solar eclipse live from the city of Irwin, Idaho. The event will stream live on NOVA’s Facebook page beginning August 21 at 10/9 AM MT/PT.
PBS NewsHour science correspondent Miles O’Brien, who will host the live event, says, “I can’t think of a better place to be in general than your beautiful state. But the combination of the earthly beauty of Idaho with the celestial spectacle of the earth-moon ballet is pegging my ‘awesome meter.’ I am a lucky guy to be able to put this time and place on my bucket list.”
Irwin, Idaho — with an estimated population of 228 residents — is a city in Bonneville County and part of the Idaho Falls metropolitan area. It is in the path of totality for the August 21 eclipse.
Allison Eck, digital editor for NOVA, says, “This part of Idaho is one of the country’s prime eclipse-viewing locations, so we’re really excited to be in the thick of the event. We’ll be talking about everything from Baily’s beads — a feature of many solar eclipses — to the cultural and historical significance of eclipses. Fingers crossed that the weather is good and that the clouds are minimal!”
PBS eclipse coverage continues that night when NOVA broadcasts Eclipse Over America at 8 PM on Idaho Public Television. The program recaps the day’s events — featuring footage from Idaho and other locations along the path of totality — as citizens gather to take in the spectacle, and scientists investigate the secrets of the sun’s elusive atmosphere as they can only do during the eclipse’s precious few moments of darkness.
Experts will shed light on how our sun works, how it can produce deadly solar storms, and why its atmosphere is so hot. NOVA: Eclipse Over America investigates the storied history of solar eclipse science and joins both seasoned and citizen-scientists alike as they don their eclipse glasses and tune their telescopes for the eclipse.
Chris Schmidt, senior producer for NOVA say, “NOVA is incredibly excited not only for the opportunity to share the excitement and science of the eclipse with the entire nation, but also to be able to bring together so many member stations to create a truly national experience.”