Citizen CATE Experiment enters Phase 2
All primary site volunteers have been selected! CATE will operate 59 primary sites stretching from Oregon to South Carolina, and if the weather cooperates, it is possible for CATE to obtain continuous coverage for the 90 minutes of totality. Reaching this stage has only been possible with the tireless work of our State Coordinators and our volunteer team. We also extend an enormous "Thank-you!" to all of our sponsors: because of the generosity our sponsors the CATE equipment will go home with our CATE volunteers and be used for years to come on future astronomy citizen science projects!
Now CATE enters Phase 2. If you are still interested in participating in CATE, we are now asking our volunteer groups to raise funding to support their equipment costs. Phase 2 groups will then be able to select any location along the eclipse path to take your data. They will arrange to participate in the official CATE training, and their data will be included in our project. We have 6 groups already pursuing Phase 2 membership, and we will limit the number of Phase 2 groups to 40. If you are interested please join the Citizen CATE Experiment Google Group and post a message stating your intent.
If you are interested in making a donation to our project to sponsor the equipment costs for a CATE site, please join our Google group and let us know how you'd like to help.
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.