For you and I, the upcoming total solar eclipse on August 21st will be a pretty stunning spectacle — as long as the weather cooperates and you’re in a position to catch it as it unfolds — but for NASA scientists it’s also a fantastic opportunity to conduct some research. If you’re in the right spot for the eclipse, you’ll get a fantastic view of the sun’s corona, and researchers are looking forward to the opportunity to observe and analyze it. But how do you conduct research when the actual eclipse event is so short? That’s a problem NASA’s “eclipse jets” are going to solve.

In order to get the most out of the eclipse, NASA is planning on flying special research jets along

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