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Solar Eclipse Sheds Light on Mason Research

On August 21, millions of people paused to marvel at the first total solar eclipse visible from the contiguous United States in nearly 40 years. And Mason faculty were ready to add their expertise to this rare moment in history. Physics and astronomy professor Harold Geller led a hands-on workshop for 40 local science teachers. Professors Jill Nelson and Laura Lukes, co-principal investigators of the EclipseMob project, sent kits to people in 31 states and two countries to help them participate in data collection. Mason researchers gathered low-frequency radio wave data about the Earth’s ionosphere, which plays a crucial role in some forms of long-distance communication.