NASA prepares equipment to study the eclipse

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HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - As crowds continue to grow in Hopkinsville, Kentucky ahead of Monday's total solar eclipse, NASA scientists are setting up at one of the area's prime view spots.

With less than 24 hours until the eclipse, scientists are testing out their equipment at Orchardale farm.

The team has brought telescopes and other viewing devices that will track the sun as the moon passes directly over it in the sky.

"We're here because we are in the path of totality all of the suns light will be blocked out and it will get totally dark. It should be dark enough that stars and planets will come out. So the eclipse gives you that unique opportunity to see the corona and image it." Dr. Renee Weber, a planetary scientist said.

The study will hopefully help researchers learn more about the sun and its corona, the outermost layer of the star's atmosphere, which will be visible during totality.

"So we are here both to just experience it and take it all in and also to film it with the telescopes so that we can broadcast it as part of NASA's streaming program," Dr. Weber, said.

The team's setup at Orchardale farm is both in the area of totality, as well as specifically in the path of greatest eclipse. Giving viewers the perfect conditions to see the total solar eclipse.