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November 13, 2017

Observing the Great American Eclipse

In a first of its kind, citizen scientists and researchers created a 90-minute time-lapse video of the sun's inner corona. The Citizen CATE (Continental-America Telescopic Eclipse) Experiment captured images of the inner solar corona using a network of more than 60 telescopes operated by citizen scientists, high school groups and universities. CATE produced a scientifically unique data set: high-resolution, rapid cadence white light images of the inner corona for 90 minutes.

The solar eclipse offered scientists a unique opportunity to observe the solar corona, the outer layer of the sun that's otherwise difficult to observe. The Great American Eclipse crossed over the continental United States on August 21, 2017.

For more information on the Great American Eclipse and new developments in solar science, visit:

NSF Solar Science Eclipse page:

The National Solar Observatory

Credit: Exploratorium,, Koorosh Farchadi, National Science Foundation, National Solar Observatory, NCSA University of Illinois, Thomas Lucas Productions, Spitz Creative Media

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