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NASA Urges Public to Listen During Total Solar Eclipse


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An AudioMoth recording device is placed in a protective plastic bag and left outdoors to record the soundscapes of an ecosystem during an eclipse.

The project for the 2024 eclipse comes in the wake of similar experiments in 2017, when scientists tracked the movement of bees during—and on either side of—eclipse totality in 11 sites in the U.S.

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The NASA-funded Eclipse Soundscapes Project is calling on citizen scientists to "listen" to the sounds of animals, birds and insects during the April 8 total solar eclipse.

Data collectors will use a low-cost recording device called AudioMoth from LabMaker to capture the sounds to help determine whether nocturnal and diurnal animals act differently or become more or less vocal during a solar eclipse.

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