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'NOVA: Eclipse Over America' to premiere on AETN Aug. 21

Posted 09 Aug 2017

'NOVA: Eclipse Over America' will premiere on the Arkansas Educational Television Network Monday, Aug. 21, at 8 p.m.

'Eclipse Over America' will be the ultimate companion to the first total solar eclipse to traverse the U.S. mainland in more than a generation. 'NOVA' will follow teams working on the forefront of solar science and solar storm detection, use immersive CGI animation to reveal the sun's secret mechanisms, and integrate sequences of the eclipse itself, including scenes filmed at iconic locations along the path of the eclipse, user-generated content, NASA footage and more.

The special will feature scientists and citizens, highlight the storied history of eclipse science, and follow current, cutting-edge research into the solar corona.

This cosmic spectacle will pass through 13 states, and everyone in the continental U.S. will have the opportunity to see at least a partial eclipse, making it the most widely viewable eclipse of all time. Commencing at 10:15 a.m. PDT (1:15 p.m. EDT), a lunar shadow 73 miles wide will take one hour and 33 minutes to travel from Oregon on the West Coast to South Carolina on the East Coast, allowing continuous observation for 90 minutes.

The eclipse will be visible in Arkansas from approximately 11:40 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. CDT, with maximum coverage beginning around 1:10 p.m.

'NOVA: Eclipse Over America' will repeat Wednesday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network is Arkansas's only statewide public media network, which enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers through the distinct channels AETN PBS, AETN Create, AETN PBS KIDS, AETN World and AETN AIRS on SAP. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at aetn.org. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro) and KETZ (El Dorado).