Hadi Al-Agele adjusts equipment as part of a team of researchers. 

Hadi Al-Agele adjusts equipment as part of a team of researchers. 

August Frank/The Register-Guard

About a dozen researchers from Oregon State University and elsewhere want to make Monday’s­ total solar eclipse a once-in-a-lifetime experience in more ways than one.

They spent Saturday installing two arrays of scientific instruments on a wide swath of farmland near the Corvallis Municipal Airport.

The arrays will allow researchers to conduct a first-of-its-kind experiment to study how fast the atmosphere and ecosystem, particularly plants, respond to rapid changes in light levels.

And there’s no more earthly demonstration of such a rapid change than a total solar eclipse.

Read more at the Register-Guard.