Footage captured by a drone during the 2017 eclipse. Credit: Melrae Pictures, LLC.
While people across North America took in the Aug. 21 eclipse, hundreds of citizen, student, and professional scientists were collecting scientific data. They gathered data with telescopes on the ground, balloons launched to the stratosphere, jets chasing the Moon’s shadow, and satellites far above Earth. In this panel, participants will share some of the initial results from a cross-section of these studies, in fields ranging from solar physics to Earth science to space biology.
• Lika Guhathakurta, NASA Headquarters/NASA Ames Research Center
• Amir Caspi, Southwest Research Institute
• Matt Penn, National Solar Observatory
• Angela Des Jardins, Montana State University
• Greg Earle, Virginia Tech
• Jay Herman, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/University of Maryland Baltimore County
White light image of the solar corona taken from Mitchell, Oregon, on 21 August 2017, by Peter Aniol, Miloslav Druckmuller and Shadia Habbal. Image was processed by M. Druckmuller. Funding for the eclipse observations was provided primarlly from a grant from NASA and partially by NSF to the University of Hawaii, S. R. Habbal, PI. Peter Aniol (ASTELCO, Germany) provided the optical systems for this white light image. Credit: Peter Aniol, Miloslav Druckmüller and Shadia Habbal
The planetary boundary layer is the lowest part of our atmosphere. Its typical behavior on a normal day is shown in blue, while data from Aug. 21 is shown in purple. Credit: Montana State Grant Consortium