Presenting the Eclipse Megamovie

Final Monday, folks all throughout the USA turned their (protected) eyes skyward for the astronomical occasion of a lifetime: a complete photo voltaic eclipse.

Because the moon’s shadow crossed the U.S., greater than 1,300 volunteer photographers (like Vivian White and Steven Madow) captured photos of the solar’s faint outer environment: the corona. We used these photos to algorithmically create a steady view of the corona throughout the hour and a half that the eclipse was seen from Earth (far longer than has ever been doable earlier than). In the present day we’re pleased to share the newest model of the Eclipse Megamovie in addition to a behind-the-scenes have a look at the way it all got here collectively.

Eclipse Megamovie

To this point photographers have submitted over 34,000 photos (512GB of knowledge) to the challenge and we’re thrilled for the following stage of the challenge to start. The complete dataset of photos will likely be made publicly accessible within the coming weeks, permitting the scientific neighborhood and common public entry to this improbable set of photos. We’re excited to see what scientific discoveries and improved Megamovie variations come subsequent as extra folks get their fingers on the info. Test again on the Megamovie web site for updates on the dataset launch in addition to improved variations of the Megamovie.

This challenge wouldn’t have been doable with out our partnership with UC Berkeley and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific and naturally a particular due to our devoted volunteers who made the Megamovie challenge a actuality!

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