HAO's Paul Bryans is featured in Science News

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

On August 21, 2017, Paul Bryans and his team of scientists will be ready to aim a spectrometer at the sun during total eclipse in an effort to detect the effect of magnetism on certain wavelengths of infrared light emitted by the corona. His team includes himself, Phil Judge, Brandon Larson, Scott McIntosh, Scott Sewell–of HAO and James Hannigan, Stephen Shertz–of ACOM.

1999 total eclipse image
1999 total eclipse

Paul Bryans was interviewed by Science News for a recent article called "Astronomers prepare for 2017 solar eclipse spectacle."

Here are some excerpts from the article: “The plan is to put us in the back of a trailer, drive north to Wyoming and just sit and stare at the sun,” says Bryans, for whom the 2017 eclipse will be his first. “People keep telling me it’s a terrible thing to do because I’ll be stuck in the back of the trailer.”

The article goes on to say: "This experiment will test whether the corona emits light at the predicted wavelengths and, if so, how brightly. (Scientists will have to wait for improved instruments and another eclipse to see how these wavelengths are distorted by the magnetic field.) One of the advantages of a mobile observatory, Bryans says, is that the team can look at weather forecasts the day before and drive to clear skies."

For the complete article see link below:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/astronomers-prepare-2017-solar-eclipse-spectacle

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