On Aug. 21, millions of people across the country will venture their way outside to witness the day turn to night for about 2 1/2 minutes. Starting at about 1 p.m. EDT, the moon will totally eclipse the sun along a path from Oregon to South Carolina. To help you get prepared to witness the total solar eclipse, especially for those in the “path of totality,” here are a few podcasts to listen to.
The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse Podcast: Focusing mostly on the upcoming Aug. 21 event, Astronomy magazine’s Michael E. Bakich has listeners covered from where the best spots are to see the total eclipse to the best video strategies for the day of the event. Other episodes include “Eclipse Tales from Around the World,” “A Short History of Eclipses” and “Each State’s Most Recent and Next Totality.” Find it: http://apple.co/2h9Lw2f.
NASA Edge: Solar Eclipse 2017 Preview Show: Although this podcast was recorded last summer, the Solar Eclipse Preview Show gives listeners a guide to plan their own observations. Featuring Eric Christian, Fred Espenak, Bob Baer, Emily Stanley and Matt Penn, the group gives inside and outside looks to viewing the solar eclipse safely. Find it: https://go.nasa.gov/2tKzCOs.
Big Picture Science: Eclipsing All Other Shows: Produced by the SETI Institute, Big Picture Science gets eclipse enthusiasts ready for the event with the basics of where to be and what to bring. Guests of the episode include David Baron, Jay Pasachoff, Madhulika Guhathakurta and Andrew Fraknoi. The guests also discuss the 1878 eclipse that inspired Thomas Edison and astronomer Maria Mitchell. Find it: http://bit.ly/2tKNhoo.
Star Talk Radio: If the final frontier of space captivates you, the Star Talk Radio podcast hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is devoted to all things space. Along with helping people understand science with clarity, deGrasse Tyson also discusses pop culture. Joining deGrasse Tyson is a variety of comedians, celebrities and other special guests. Find it: https://www.startalkradio.net/.
Sky Tour Podcasts: Sky & Telescope senior editor J. Kelly Beatty hosts the Sky Tour Podcast, giving listeners celestial updates on what is coming up each month. Broken up into 10-minute episodes, Beatty covers each month’s highlights upcoming meteor showers and eclipses and when you can see various planets in the night sky. Find it: http://bit.ly/2u5HMjA.