As you know, on August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will pass across the entire United States, and Marshall, MO is in the middle of the path! This cosmic event is creating great excitement among many, including scientists who hope to gain a better understanding of the solar corona.
The Citizen CATE (Continental America Telescopic Eclipse) Experiment aims to capture images of the inner solar corona, using a network of over 60 telescopes located along the path of totality, coast to coast. The experiment will be operated by citizen scientists, high school groups and universities. The goal of Citizen CATE is to produce a scientifically unique data set of high-resolution, rapid cadence white light images of the inner corona for 90 minutes….stretching across the path of totality!
One of the 60 telescopes will be located on Field 4 at the Lyon Bowl at Indian Foothills Park in Marshall, MO. As the shadow of the moon travels across the continental United States, citizen astronomers and students, including those in Marshall, MO, will take images of the brightness of the inner solar corona. Although the totality phase of the eclipse will last only 2 minutes 39 seconds in Marshall, the combined Citizen CATE Experiment data set will reveal for the first time, how this part of the solar atmosphere changes during the entire 90 minutes the eclipse crosses the United States. It is hoped that new scientific data about the dynamics of the magnetic fields and plasmas in this part of the solar corona will be derived from the experiment and the image sequence will provide a beautiful perspective of the solar eclipse as never seen before.
In addition, the public is encouraged to view images of the eclipse during the pre and post eclipse phases. Telescopes will be set up for public viewing on Field 3 of the Lyon Bowl at Indian Foothills Park from 11:40am to 1:10pm (pre-eclipse) and from 1:15 to 2:40pm. (post-eclipse)
Funding for the Citizen CATE Experiment is provided by NASA along with public and private donations.
Indian Foothills Park
1538 E. Vest
Marshall MO 65340
Marshall, MO is one of sixty sites for this exciting eclipse experiment! But what is it?!