Solar Eclipse

A new facility for airborne solar astronomy: NASA’s WB-57 at the 2017 total solar eclipse

Fully processed image of the corona generated by stacking many co-aligned, calibrated images
Tuesday, April 14, 2020

NASA's WB-57 High Altitude Research Program provides a deployable, mobile, stratospheric platform for scientic research.

Austin Monaghan

Austin Monaghan is currently conducting research in the High Altitude Observatory, at NCAR, as a student assistant. He is studying white light polarization and Si X (1.43 micron) emission of the solar corona. Specifically, he is analyzing data from the July 2, 2019 total solar eclipse in Chile.

Paul Bryans interviewed by Sun Superheroes

Photographic image of Solar Eclipse Team, Chile, 2019

Paul Bryans tells Sun Superheroes that a solar eclipse is an opportunity to understand and study the Sun's magnetism. During a solar eclipse, when the moon blocks the Sun, it allows scientists to study the strength and shape of the Sun's surrounding magnetic field.

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