Citizen CATE 2024

  • Released Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Led by Amir Caspi of the Southwest Research Institute in Colorado, the Citizen Continental-America Telescopic Eclipse (CATE) 2024 project will place 35 teams in the eclipse path from Texas to Maine to capture the corona in polarized light.

Light travels in waves, but those waves can be oriented in different directions, or polarization angles. Caspi explains that light we see from the corona is sunlight that gets bounced around by the corona before it reaches our eyes.

Citizen CATE 2024 is one of many participatory science projects happening during the 2024 total solar eclipse. Read more:

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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

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    • Joy Ng (KBR Wyle Services, LLC)
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    • Joy Ng (KBR Wyle Services, LLC)

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This page was originally published on Tuesday, March 12, 2024.
This page was last updated on Monday, March 11, 2024 at 6:58 PM EDT.