the Eclipse Megamovie Project

Presenter Full Name
Dr. Juan Carlos Oliveros Martinez
UC Berkeley
Year & Semester
2019 Spring
Presentation Date
April 15, 2019

Dr. Juan Carlos Oliveros Martinez, UC Berkeley. The Eclipse Megamovie Project is a scientific and educational program that uses images of total solar eclipses taken by the public. For the 2017 total solar eclipse the megamovie was created using the public’s photographs of the Sun’s corona as frames in a movie illuminating dynamic changes in the chromosphere and corona. On August 21st, 2017 during and shortly after the total solar eclipse, our team collected photographs from thousands of volunteers with telescopes, DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras, and mobile device cameras setup across the path of totality. As a result we now have a scientifically valuable dataset of the eclipse that can be used to study different coronal structures and the propagation of magneto-acoustic waves in the solar corona.