Originally published here by Brenda Christopher, Aug 30, 2017.

Like millions across the U.S. last week, I found myself very intrigued by the prospects of witnessing a rare total solar eclipse. So intrigued that I found myself outside during the time of the phenomenon, watching with a small crowd in the parking lot. The eclipse itself was fascinating. But I noticed something else that was interesting: the majority of the people in the parking lot were using a smartphone application to track the event and learn more information about the amazing things happening up in the sky. Applications have become such an integral part of our experience that even during an unmissable natural phenomenon, people still will look to interact with them.

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