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The total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 will be the first to cross the country from coast to coast in nearly a century, giving scientists in the United States a unique opportunity to observe the Sun's corona with an array of technologies and methodologies. The findings of the various eclipse experiments could advance our knowledge of the Sun's complex and mysterious magnetic field as well as its effect on Earth's atmosphere.

NCAR - The National Center for Atmospheric Research hosted a press conference on July 21, one month before the eclipse. Speakers from NCAR, the National Science Foundation (NSF) , and NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration highlighted how networks of ground-based telescopes, GPS sensors, and radio receivers, as well as specialized instruments on aircraft, satellites, and space-based observatories, will be used to observe the Sun during the eclipse.