Teachers look to Eclipse as learning oportunity

Baton Rouge, La (KNOE 8 News) - While most of us plan to watch the upcoming solar Eclipse from the comfort of our home, Teachers and Professors at area Colleges see this as a learning opportunity for Students.

Louisiana State University Professor Dana Browne is taking his students to Illinois, where they will get to experience complete darkness. They will participate in a research project aimed at studying how the Sun interacts with the Earth during an Eclipse.

They will launch weather balloons with a device that will measure the speed of sound, the amount of the ultra violate radiation that enters the atmosphere, and most importantly, how the upper atmosphere changes when it's energy source is suddenly cut off.

Meanwhile NASA is encouraging everyone to become citizen Scientist by recording temperature and cloud coverage during the event and reporting it on their Globe Observer App.