Podcaster: Rob Sparks, Myles McKay, Sarah Kovac, Honor Hare and Logan Jensen
Description: On August 21st, 2017, the United States will experience a total solar eclipse on a path crossing the country from Oregon to South Carolina. This eclipse presents a rare opportunity to study the Sun’s inner corona. The Citizen Continental-American Total Eclipse Experiment (Citizen CATE) will station 60 telescopes across the country to capture of movie of the Sun’s corona during totality. Four Research Experience For Undergraduates (REU) students have spent the summer at the National Solar Observatory in Tucson analyzing date from telescope tests done in Indonesia during the March 9th, 2016 total solar eclipse in Indonesia and preparing for the 2017 total solar eclipse. This podcast explores the Citizen CATE Experiment and lets you learn how to get involved in this exciting citizen science project.
This week’s code is MXr8Q9. Enter it into the website to unlock the achievement and enter the contest.
Bio: Rob Sparks is a science education specialist in the Education and Public Outreach (EPO) group at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) and works on the Galileoscope project (www.galileoscope.org), providing design, dissemination and professional development. He blogs at halfastro.wordpress.com. You can see his photos at https://www.flickr.com/photos/halfastro
Dr. Stephanie Juneau works on the NOAO data lab and active galactic nuclei research. You can read the press release about her recent findings at https://www.noao.edu/news/2017/pr1702.php
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