Nothing about a solar eclipse is normal: Wherever it can be seen, it’s occurs in that manner and in that location only once every several hundred years. For that reason, it’s been impossible for scientists to gather and aggregate data in any reliable manner about how nature reacts. Even so, this coming Monday, researchers will explore how birds, bees, zoo animals, and even trees respond to a sudden period of darkness in the middle of the day (Spoiler: apparently, even photosynthesis can be affected!)

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