Documentary on the ‘Great Arkansas Eclipse’ now available for streaming

From “TOTALITY: The Great Arkansas Eclipse” (Arkansas PBS)

A new one-hour documentary about the historic solar eclipse that occurred in April is now available for streaming.

ArkansasIDEAS and Arkansas PBS last week unveiled the documentary called “TOTALITY: The Great Arkansas Eclipse.” It is currently streaming on the PBS website and app.

The documentary features highlights from Arkansas PBS’s live, statewide coverage of the eclipse, including insights from Arkansas astronomers and the science behind eclipses. It includes interviews with scientists at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and the Arkansas Tech University Observatory, along with high school astronomer Mekenzie Racy of Nettleton.

The production teams from Arkansas PBS were positioned in De Queen, Russellville, Jonesboro, and Petit Jean Mountain during the eclipse to capture the event’s progression across the state. The documentary showcases footage from each location and includes reactions from community members and visitors.

“Arkansas PBS was honored to share this global, almost once-in-a-lifetime celestial event with Arkansans,” said Sajni Kumpuris, education director of Arkansas PBS. “Our front-row seat along the path of totality across four Arkansas communities was a special moment for everyone.”

In addition to the documentary, ArkansasIDEAS will release a full-length professional development course this summer to help educators teach Arkansas K-12 students about the eclipse.