NASA Parker Solar Probe project scientist Nicola Fox of Johns Hopkins APL explains the Sun’s corona, visible during the August 21, 2017 total eclipse that will pass over much of the United States, and how Parker Solar Probe will help us unlock some of the mysteries of our star.
ICON being lifted onto the vibration test fixture. Vibe testing ensures the satellite can withstand the same level of vibration that is expected during launch on the Pegasus rocket.
Megamovie App makes photographing the Total Solar Eclipse a Snap
The Eclipse Megamovie project has released an app that makes it easy for citizen scientists with smart phones to photograph the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse and upload the images to the project team; a collaboration between the Space Sciences Laboratory’s Multiverse education group and Google’s Making & Science initiative to provide a lasting photo archive for scientists studying the sun’s corona.
The Eclipse Megamovie Mobile app, created by Ideum, is available for Android phones through Google Play store and for iPhones through iTunes’ App Store.
UC Berkeley astronomer Alex Filippenko, an admitted eclipse addict, advises on safe viewing and why you shouldn’t miss this rare event, the Great American Eclipse. Video by Roxanne Makasdjian and Stephen McNally.
When downloaded and installed, the app walks users through a simple process to point your smart phone at the sun and automatically starts taking photos. Photos begin 15 seconds before totality and throughout the total eclipse – which will last a maximum of 2 minutes, 40 seconds, depending on where you are – and 15 seconds after the total eclipse has ended to capture what is known as the “diamond ring” effect.
The complete article on photographing the total eclipse using the Megamovie Mobile app is found here.
ICON shaking on the vibration test fixture. Vibe testing ensures the satellite can withstand the same level of vibration that is expected during launch on the Pegasus rocket.
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Researchers from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, UC-Berkeley, and St. Cloud State University talk about the importance of MIGHTI, a space weather instrument set to launch on the ICON mission next summer.