NASA is enlisting "citizen scientists" to help record data through the Globe Observer program for the upcoming solar eclipse that will cross the continental United States in August.
Curiously enough, during a solar eclipse, temperatures will change rapidly and animals will fall silent. Scientists are aware of these facts, but they're unsure exactly why or how these things happen. NASA is hoping to track the temperature changes in real-time. Anyone in North America is welcome to download the app and record the plummeting temperatures in their geographical region.
By expanding its research to a wider demographic, NASA is creating an education platform that's as equally beneficial for the participants as it is for the researchers.