Most people are looking up during the solar eclipse, not missing any minute of the once-in-a-lifetime chance, but researchers at the University of Nebraska were looking down from their drones. Led by Husker scientist Adma Houston and Carrick Detweiler, they spent 21 August in northwest of Beatrice.
“Theoretically, we had an idea of what should happen, but it’s never actually been measured,” Houston said.
“This can show if and how the atmosphere changes very rapidly, and help our understanding of how the atmosphere responds when it is perturbed in a significant way.”
The team included researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Oklahoma State University and other graduate and undergraduate students from the University of Nebraska-based Nebraska Intelligent MoBile Unmanned Systems, or NIMBUS, Lab.
The team stayed on-site from 10 a.m. until after sunset, gathering data through each phase of the eclipse and at nightfall and recorded 223 minutes of data during 13 flights.