Citizen CATE Experiment

May 4, 2017
Photo of Citizen CATE Experiment team

Team Mission

CATE will operate a network of over 60 sites from Oregon to South Carolina during the 2017 August 21 eclipse.  Volunteers range from K-12 students to retired professionals, including 27 universities, 22 high schools, 8 informal education centers and more than one dozen citizen scientists.  CATE coronal observations will revolutionize velocity and acceleration measurements of the plasma in solar polar plumes.  Volunteers will keep their equipment after the eclipse and participate in additional astronomy citizen science programs.

What does your team hope to achieve?

Capture the attention of citizen scientists by involving them in solar physics research for the total eclipse, and continue to engage them in additional astronomy projects after the eclipse.

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"That was the fastest two minutes of my life!" -- Sarah Kovac, 2016 CATE Indonesian eclipse experiment