The Citizen Continental-America Telescopic Eclipse Experiment


CATE Network Practice Dates:

Next Solar Practice Runs:
17 & 18 June
24 & 25 June

Lunar Practice Runs:
28 June
26 July

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The CATE training workshops are over, and the equipment has been distributed to our CATE volunteers.

Next: we need to practice as a network.  Let's get all of our site volunteers to take at least one solar HDR image with their equipment on the weekends of 17 & 18 June and 24 & 25 June, and upload your four data files.

To test our day-of-eclipse HDR movie, we'll use an HDR image of the moon.  Each CATE site should plan to take an HDR image of the moon using the equipment and software on the evenings of 28 June and 26 July.

Don't limit yourself to practicing only on these dates: please use your equipment, software and the observing procedure to take sample data as often as you can.  

The solar eclipse will be the ultimate deadline: you must be ready to take data at exactly the start of totality; the eclipse will not wait! The only way to increase your odds of collecting data is to practice, practice, practice between now and the eclipse!

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 68 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.
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