The result of Effects of Natural Scientific Events on Public Attitude to Science and Technology -Effects of the 2012 Annular Solar Eclipse-

On May 21, 2012, an annular solar eclipse, a very rare celestial phenomenon, was observed across Japan.
We conducted web surveys in June 2012, August 2012, and December 2012 to figure out the effects of this annular solar eclipse on public awareness of science and technology in Japan.
Our results suggest that the general public showed increasing interest in space and celestial bodies, and that children are highly interested in science.