Wyoming Public Radio's News Director, Bob Beck; Sound Engineer, Ben Slater; Education Reporter, Tennessee Watson (& pup Murray); Reporter, Alanna Elder; Energy Reporter, Madelyn Beck; stare at the sun.
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During the eclipse, the Fort Laramie B & B saw a bigger crowd than they have ever seen. The four-bedroom lodge saw more than a hundred camped out. The crowd was comprised of a family reunion, researchers, and tourists all gathered together. A group from the University of Montana was there thanks to a space grant from NASA.
One student, Loren Spencer, took advantage of the clear sky the night before the eclipse to set up his telescope. With several gathered around, he pointed to a long streak that he identified as the Milky Way.
The solar eclipse has long been a research opportunity for astronomers and physicists. Now, energy researchers are taking part, too.
That's because the eclipse will disrupt U.S. solar energy production. It won't be a big disruption because solar still takes up a relatively small amount of the energy grid, but it'll happen when energy use is at its peak, and it’ll do so in a very predictable way across a huge area.