The Sunday Story: Notes from an Eclipse Chaser : Up First David Baron says seeing a total solar eclipse is "like you've left the solar system and are looking back from some other world."

Today on The Sunday Story, we're sharing an episode from NPR's Life Kit. Baron talks to NPR's scientist-in-residence and astrophysicist Dr. Regina Barber about what to expect when viewing the total solar eclipse on April 8, including the sensations you may feel and the strange lighting effects in the sky.

The Sunday Story: Notes from an Eclipse Chaser

The Sunday Story: Notes from an Eclipse Chaser

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Baron views the beginning of a solar eclipse with friends in Western Australia in 2023. Baron says getting to see the solar corona during a total eclipse is "the most dazzling sight in the heavens." Photographs by David Baron; Bronson Arcuri, Kara Frame, CJ Riculan/NPR; Collage by Becky Harlan/NPR hide caption

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Photographs by David Baron; Bronson Arcuri, Kara Frame, CJ Riculan/NPR; Collage by Becky Harlan/NPR

Baron views the beginning of a solar eclipse with friends in Western Australia in 2023. Baron says getting to see the solar corona during a total eclipse is "the most dazzling sight in the heavens."

Photographs by David Baron; Bronson Arcuri, Kara Frame, CJ Riculan/NPR; Collage by Becky Harlan/NPR

David Baron says seeing a total solar eclipse is "like you've left the solar system and are looking back from some other world."

Today on The Sunday Story, we're sharing an episode from NPR's Life Kit. Baron talks to NPR's scientist-in-residence and astrophysicist Dr. Regina Barber about what to expect when viewing the total solar eclipse on April 8, including the sensations you may feel and the strange lighting effects in the sky.


This episode of Life Kit was produced by Sylvie Douglis. It was produced for The Sunday Story by Justine Yan. Audio engineering support from Isaac Rodriguez.

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