NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)
NASA is a an independent agency of the United States federal government which conducts the civilian space program, aeronautics, and aerospace research. NASA is leading an educational outreach effort surrounding the August 2017 eclipse which includes information and live coverage of the event. NASA is partnering with Eclipse Soundscapes to provide the script calculating the timing of the eclipse, as well as the funding that makes Eclipse Soundscapes possible. For more information on NASA, visit nasa.gov.
National Park Service
The National Park Service (NPS), an agency of the United States Department of the Interior, manages national parks, monuments, conservation, and historical sites throughout the United States. NPS is partnering with Eclipse Soundscapes during the August 2017 Eclipse to collect mono and binaural field recordings in parks across the country, especially those in the path of totality. They will collect data the day before, the day of, and the day after the eclipse in order to study how wildlife sounds fluctuate with the changes in light and temperature caused by the eclipse. For more information on the National Parks Service and their properties, visit nps.gov.
Eclipse Mob is a crowdsourced effort to conduct the largest-ever low-frequency radio wave propagation experiment during the 2017 solar eclipse. They are using radio signals to study the effect of sunlight on the ionosphere. By crowdsourcing, Eclipse Mob can collect radio wave signals at locations across the United States, allowing them to study how the signals are affected as they travel along various paths. Eclipse Mob is partnering with Eclipse Soundscapes to provide radio wave data (a form of audio data) the Eclipse Soundscapes database. For more information on Eclipse Mob, visit eclipsemob.org.
The Smithsonian Institution is a group of museums and research centers established and administered by the United States government. Among the Smithsonian’s many facilities are the National Air and Space Museum and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, where Eclipse Soundscapes is based. The Smithsonian is partnering with Eclipse Soundscapes to provide a headquarters and funding for the Eclipse Soundscapes project. For more information on the Smithsonian, visit si.edu and cfa.harvard.edu.
National Center for Accessible Media, WGBH
The Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) is a non-profit branch of WGBH radio in Boston which is dedicated to achieving media access equality for people with disabilities. NCAM is partnering with Eclipse Soundscapes to provide media coverage of the eclipse, including illustrative audio descriptions of the eclipse which will allow visually impaired individuals to experience the eclipse through real-time audio narrations. NCAM is also conducting a review of the Eclipse Soundscapes app to enhance its accessibility. For more information on NCAM, visit ncam.wgbh.org.
The Science Friday Initiative is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the public’s access to science and scientific information. They host a radio show distributed by Public Radio International (PRI) and produce science and technology related digital videos, original web articles, and educational resources for educators. Science Friday is partnering with Eclipse Soundscapes to provide audio recordings and social media support for the project. For more information on Science Friday, visit sciencefriday.com.
National Girls Collaborative
The National Girls Collaborative Project (NGC) brings together United States organizations that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. NGC is partnering with Eclipse Soundscapes to organize listening parties where young women can experience the total solar eclipse complete with audio information. For more information on the National Girls Collaborative, visit ngcproject.org.
The Citizen CATE (Continental-America Telescopic Eclipse) Experiment is an effort to document the 2017 Eclipse by capturing images of the inner solar corona using a network of more than 60 telescopes. CATE is working with high schools, universities, education groups, astronomy clubs, national science research labs, and corporate sponsors to produce 90 minutes of continuous, high-resolution, and rapid-cadence images detailing the Sun’s inner corona. Citizen CATE is partnering with Eclipse Soundscapes to provide high quality images for the Eclipse Soundscapes app. For more information on Citizen CATE, visit eclipse2017.nso.edu/citizen-cate.
Brigham Young University, Idaho
Brigham Young University (BYU) is a private research university with three locations, including Rexburg, Idaho. They are partnering with Eclipse Soundscapes to provide a series of field recordings of the 2017 Eclipse, including audio of an active beehive. Because Rexburg lies in the path of totality, BYU is hosting a number of viewing and educational events with the City of Rexburg. For more information, visit byui.edu/eclipse-2017.