Citizen CATE

The Citizen CATE Experiment will use a fleet of telescopes to observe the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017. As the shadow of the moon travels across the continential 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. There will be a Citizen CATE site near Southeast Missouri State University in Perryville, MO.

Southeast Missour State University will also be a part of the Citizen CATE site in Perryville, MO and will have students involved in the research. The research is being funded by the National Solar Observatory and SEMO students and faculty will receive equipment to take data while in Perryville during the eclipse.

Read more about Citizen CATE National Solar Observatory & Citizen CATE

Southeast Faculty, Students Gear Up for Solar Eclipse Citizen CATE Project

On a recent evening on the Southeast Missouri State University campus, seniors Jordan Duncan, Sam Fincher and Taylor Shivelbine made adjustments to an 80 millimeter diameter, 500 millimeter focal length refractor telescope.

Lunar observing procedures require they perfectly align their telescope and camera with the center of the moon – holding it steady for two minutes and 40 seconds.

“It’s drifting to the left,” said Fincher, pointing to the moon’s image on the laptop. Read More...

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