NASA leaders hosted a briefing Tuesday ahead of next month’s total solar eclipse, which will be visible across a swath of the United States stretching from Texas to Maine.

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Officials discussed what happens in space during a total solar eclipse, how to watch the event safely and how scientists will take advantage of this celestial event to conduct new research.

Read more of our solar eclipse coverage:

  • Here’s how to watch April’s total solar eclipse.
  • Tips for navigating big crowds, traffic and other potential mishaps during next month’s eclipse.
  • The solar eclipse on April 8 will give “citizen scientists” a chance to help NASA.
  • Planning to watch April’s total solar eclipse? Here’s how to protect your eyes.