That’s 215 million people, most of whom went outside to see the event in person, according to a new study by the University of Michigan.
That’s “unparalleled” in terms of public engagement with a scientific event, said Jon Miller, director of the International Center for the Advancement of Scientific Literacy at University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research, in a statement.
That’s why the August 21st eclipse that crossed the US was such a big deal.
So to put that in perspective, here’s a list of things the eclipse was more popular than: The University of Michigan survey, conducted under a cooperative agreement with NASA, found that most adults viewed the eclipse with their family, friends, or co-workers.
A follow-up survey, to be conducted next month and in November, will determine where the eclipse inspired people to read up on astronomical events.