STATES CHRONICLE – The University of California, Berkeley teamed up with Google searching for volunteers who are ready to develop the Eclipse Megamovie Project, capturing the solar eclipse in August. They are looking for citizen scientists who are bound to document the celestial event. Specialists are also bound to help residents find out more about the sun during the solar eclipse.
The Eclipse Megamovie Project is bound to search for a thousand amateur astronomers and photographers to document the solar eclipse which will take place on August 21 this year. They would upload their pictures to be sequentially ordered into a movie. Thus, they will document the entire process of the total solar eclipse, capturing every step.
They will record the path starting from landfall in Oregon until the shadow of the moon slips over the Atlantic Ocean off South Carolina. On Earth, the eclipse will be visible for about 2 minutes and 40 seconds. The time span depends on how close stargazers are to the center of the path of totality. All the images which will be captured by the volunteer team of this project will be transformed into a 90-minute eclipse movie.
If we were to think about a flying airplane passing right through the path of the eclipse’s totality, it would only reach to capture a four-minute movie because the shadow of the moon moves with 1,500 miles per hour. The volunteers will be chosen and trained by the team of the Eclipse Megamovie Project. However, the team also argued that anyone who is eager to help and capture images with a smartphone is welcomed to join them.
People will be able to download an app to capture time-coded pictures of the eclipse, uploading them to be included in the movie. The team of researchers is also bound to add in the archive of the project images they may receive from amateurs. Several team members will test the app on February 26, in Patagonia during an annular eclipse. This type of eclipse is one in which the moon does not entirely cover the disk of the sun, leaving out a bright annulus.
This kind of celestial event usually occurs when the moon is farther from Earth, making its size seem smaller than that of the sun.
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