1 00:00:01,340 --> 00:00:06,210 On eclipse day, Citizen CATE will deploy 35 teams 2 00:00:06,210 --> 00:00:10,160 of community participants with telescopes, cameras, mounts, 3 00:00:10,160 --> 00:00:14,900 all that you need to observe the eclipse, all the way from Texas to Maine 4 00:00:14,900 --> 00:00:19,130 so that we can make observations of the eclipse, of totality, 5 00:00:19,130 --> 00:00:24,590 in polarized visible light and get about an hour-long movie of totality. 6 00:00:24,590 --> 00:00:27,990 When you look at a total solar eclipse, you look at that bright corona. 7 00:00:27,990 --> 00:00:31,690 You’re not actually seeing light that’s coming from the corona itself. 8 00:00:31,690 --> 00:00:34,270 You’re looking at light that came from the surface of the Sun 9 00:00:34,270 --> 00:00:39,780 that went out and then it bounced around and moved through the corona to our eyes. 10 00:00:39,780 --> 00:00:43,920 When we’re looking with our cameras in CATE 2024, 11 00:00:43,920 --> 00:00:49,580 what we’re looking at is exactly how that light was bouncing around in the corona before it came to us 12 00:00:49,580 --> 00:00:53,410 and the way that it was doing that tells us about what’s happening in the corona. 13 00:00:53,410 --> 00:01:00,630 There are a lot of scientific experiments that have questions so big that you can’t do it just with scientists. 14 00:01:00,630 --> 00:01:03,530 You need to engage a huge team of people. 15 00:01:03,530 --> 00:01:05,960 And the best way to that is to engage with the public. 16 00:01:05,960 --> 00:01:11,680 For CATE 2024, we need to have 35 teams of people all along the eclipse path. 17 00:01:11,680 --> 00:01:16,720 We just can’t do that with professionals. We need to engage with community participants. 18 00:01:16,720 --> 00:01:20,860 That’s the only way we can get the breadth of data that we need for this experiment. 19 00:01:20,860 --> 00:01:27,330 Anybody can join CATE 2024. People without a scientific background. People who have never used a telescope. 20 00:01:27,330 --> 00:01:34,650 In fact, those are exactly the kinds of people we want on the team because we want to train the next generation of scientists. 21 00:01:34,650 --> 00:01:40,750 We want to instill that love of science in people that may otherwise not have an experience like this. 22 00:01:40,750 --> 00:01:52,875