eclipse waves

The summer of 2017 was pretty special for lots of people living in North America. On August 21st, a total solar eclipse was visible across a huge swath of the United States, and anticipation for the event was huge not only among the general public but also in the scientific community. Now, researchers are revealing that they observed something that happened during the eclipse that had never been detected before, and it's incredibly interesting.

As the moon's shadow blotted out the Sun's rays on that midsummer day, thousands of sensors picked up some odd behavior in the atmosphere. The moon's shadow, speeding across the Earth's surface, actually created ripples in Earth's atmosphere like a boat moving through water.

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