The Sun to star in a crowd sourced film of a solar eclipse

Thursday, 15 September, 2011

US astronomers are hoping to produce a film, which they’ve titled “The Eclipse Megamovie”, of the 2017 solar eclipse using crowd sourced images and clips collected from people living in areas of the US where the eclipse will be total.

Eclipses offer a good view of the sun’s corona, its upper atmosphere, which is hard to see with space-based images. Hudson hopes that studying the motions of the corona in the “Eclipse Megamovie,” will guide astronomers to better understand solar eruptions, events which disrupt Earth-bound technologies at times. The movie should also show the deflection of starlight due to gravity, once again confirming Einstein’s theory of general relativity.

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