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LSU researchers record solar eclipse from Texas; Puppet show highlights climate change impacts

An undated file photo of a solar eclipse.
Kaleb Fulk
An undated file photo of a solar eclipse.

Louisianans didn’t experience complete darkness on April 8 during the total eclipse. But that didn’t stop the excitement leading up to the last total solar eclipse to cross the US for the next 20 years.

Watchers in Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Lafayette witnessed up to 87% coverage. The Louisiana Art & Science Museum in Baton Rouge was one of many gathering points today to view the sight.

Marion Mayfield, museum communications manager, joined the program to discuss preparations.

Plus, Aaron Ryan, LSU Department of Physics and Astronomy research associate joined the show alongside Caroline Davis, student researcher, to discuss their eclipse observations. They were part of a team that led several experiments during the eclipse in Texas.

A puppet show produced by a group of climate activists that tries to bring some joy to the impact of climate change on the Gulf Coast begins performances this month in New Orleans.

Halle Parker, Coastal Desk reporter, followed the making of the show ahead of its showcase at the 10th Giant Puppet Festival in New Orleans.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Karen Henderson. Our managing producer is Alana Schrieber. Matt Bloom and Aubry Procell are assistant producers. Our engineer is Garrett Pittman.

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