NCAR to take infrared measurements during solar eclipse

Scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) plan to use the total eclipse on August 21, 2017 to comprehensively measure, for the first time, the infrared radiation streaming out from the Sun's corona. The results could help researchers better understand the structure and evolution of the Sun's mysterious and chaotic magnetic fields.

A spectrometer, originally built by ACOM scientist Jim Hannigan as a prototype for another scientific mission, is being repurposed to study the eclipse. Researchers have spent months tuning the instrument to optimize its ability to capture the faint infrared emissions coming from the solar corona.

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Image credit: NCAR HAO (eclipse image) and NASA SDO (UV image)
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Spectrometer built by ACOM scientist Jim Hannigan
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