(FOX NEWS) - NASA has launched its newest app aimed to inspire citizen scientists to share their experiences during the upcoming coast to coast solar eclipse.
"It's really going to be a spectacular event in many ways and so you want to look all around at the ways that the atmosphere is changing and this is one of the ways that you can participate," said Space Scientist Elizabeth Macdonald
The app will teach the public how to observe and analyze the weather during eclipse.
"This is a part of a citizens science project o that people all across the country can report all the changes they see and those can help us understand better how these clouds change and occur during a rare event like a solar eclipse,” said Macdonald.
Data imported into the app will then help scientists determine what impact a future eclipse can have on the environment.
"The eclipse is a very rapid change in the atmosphere and we are working to model how those changes occur," Macdonald said.
All the collected data will be recorded and displayed on an interactive map. Users can then see what others around the country are experiencing during the eclipse.