The last time David Gerdes saw the sun get blotted out, he was 15.
"If you didn't know what was going on, it's easy to see why people were terrified of eclipses," said Gerdes, a physics and astronomy professor at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
University of Michigan Physicist David Gerdes. Photo Credit: Jens Zorn
With a little telescope he made in his basement, Gerdes persuaded his friends and science teacher in winter 1979 to travel from Ohio more than 1,300 miles to see the solar eclipse in Manitoba, Canada. On Monday, they'll reunite near Corvalis, Ore., where Gerdes will join an unprecedented experiment he hopes will inspire other future scientists.
You may find the article entitled, "Telescope chain spanning U.S. will create unprecedented eclipse video" on the USA Today website.