Primary Science Goals
Eclipse Megamovie 2024 (EM2024) is similar to its predecessor in 2017, which was also organized by Dr. Laura Peticolas (Sonoma State University) and Dr. Carlos Martinez Oliveros (UC Berkeley). EM2017 recruited hundreds of citizen scientists who submitted tens of thousands of photos of the 2017 total solar eclipse. Their work aided efforts to study the Sun's corona--something we can only study during total solar eclipses. Within these pictures, a plasma plume was identified, and it is this phenomenon that we hope to study more extensively following the 2024 total solar eclipse. Not only will the research and data collection method improve with this grant, the EM team will also be able to do more with the data collected in 2017.
In 2024, we will once again be recruiting citizen scientist photographers and helping them in collecting images of the solar corona during the total solar eclipse. We will then use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to support analysis of the images to reveal the plasma transients within collections of photographs. We will also provide training for our citizen scientists to use their own cameras to obtain significant scientific data. Computer programmers and scientists will support the AI analysis work, together with the SSU and Berkeley teams. We look forward to working with our incredible community of citizen scientists and eclipse photographers again, as well as each and every new member that finds us in the next stage of this journey to understand more about the Sun's corona and plasma plumes!