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Karin Hauck
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Join Us August 21st: Eclipse Megamovie

How to Participate

If you will be along the path of totality for the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, then we hope you can participate in the Eclipse Megamovie Project! We want as many photos of the eclipse as we can gather, and we will have a special upload site for the public to submit their photos.

You don’t need special equipment to be part of history. You can also use apps like the free Eclipse Megamovie Mobile app (available now on Android and iOS) to plan for the eclipse, automatically take photos, and share images and data with project scientists.

Goal of the Project

The primary goal of the Eclipse Megamovie Project is to produce a high definition, time-expanded video of the total solar eclipse that will cross North America from the northwest to the southeast on August 21, 2017. The Megamovie video will be pieced together from images collected by citizen scientists at various points along the eclipse path. This will provide continuous datasets that far exceed what any one person could capture from a single location. 

Expected Science Discoveries

The Eclipse Megamovie Project will add a new dimension to our studies of the Sun’s faint outer atmosphere – the corona. By stitching together thousands of images taken along the path of the 2017 total solar eclipse, we will have a unique treasure-trove of information on how the corona changes over time. Radio-wave studies have allowed us to closely observe very rapid variations of the corona, but now we expect to study such processes directly using visible light and thus enrich our knowledge of the Sun’s dynamic atmosphere considerably. The data gathered via the Eclipse Megamovie Project will be made available publicly and are expected to allow scientists to analyze the Sun’s corona for many years to come.

The Eclipse Megamovie project is a partnership between Multiverse and Google's Making & Science Team. Learn more at the official Eclipse Megamovie website!


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