The Citizen Continental-America Telescopic Eclipse Experiment


The Citizen CATE Experiment needs your help!   This experiment will only succeed with the help of dozens of citizen scientists operating the site telescopes.  Volunteers will be asked to pay for their own travel expenses during testing and during the eclipse.


What's in it for YOU?
  • The data will be made public after the experiment -- YOU will have access to it.
  • Scientific research papers using the CATE data will properly cite YOU and each of the project participants.
  • YOU and other volunteers will be trained in the use of the equipment and in how to upload the data.
  • The project hopes to donate each site telescope to YOU, the volunteer who successfully collects data with it.
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The Citizen CATE Experiment will use a fleet of telescopes to observe the total solar eclipse of 21 Aug 2017.  As the shadow of the moon travels across the continental USA, citizen astronomers from more than 60 sites will take images of the brightness of the inner solar corona.  While the totality phase of the eclipse will last only 2 minutes at each site, the combined Citizen CATE Experiment data set will reveal for the first time how this part of the solar atmosphere changes during 90 minutes. New scientific results about the dynamics of the magnetic fields and plasmas in this part of the solar corona will be derived from the data, and the image sequence will provide a beautiful perspective of the solar eclipse as never seen before. (CATE16 data from Bob Baer and Sarah Kovac)



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