NSN Webinar: Eclipse Megamovie: Solar Discoveries, Education, and Outreach through Crowdsourcing 2017 Eclipse Images
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Image Credit: Oregon State University - Solar eclipse, CC BY-SA 2.0
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NSN members joined Dr. Laura Peticolas on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 for a webinar, to learn about how you can get involved in contributing images for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse MegaMovie. You can find links to the recording below.
Since 2011, a team of solar scientists, eclipse chasers, education and outreach professionals, and film makers have been working to explore the possibility of gathering images from the public during the 2017 eclipse across the United States, to be used for scientific research, education, and enhancing the public’s experience of the eclipse. After years of testing the initial ideas, engaging new organizations, and exploring new technologies, the MegaMovie team has developed a blueprint for this project.
The main goals for the MegaMovie effort are:
1. Learn more about the dynamic non-equilibrium processes in the corona and lower atmosphere of the Sun
2. Educate the public about space physics
3. Provide different levels of engagement opportunities for an interested public
4. Understand how these various levels of engagement with a major scientific phenomena allow people to develop deeper personal connections to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
The MegaMovie hopes to meet these goals by training 1000 volunteers to take scientifically valid images and donate the images to this project, while also allowing the general public to share their images. During the Aug 21, 2017 eclipse, the MegaMovie effort will analyze these images in real-time to produce public-generated movies showing the corona of the Sun during totality from thousands of people. These movies will be disseminated in near real-time (on the order of 10s of minutes) to other eclipse programs, news organizations, and to the general public. Meanwhile, images collected during and after the eclipse will be available to scientists and the public for research purposes. To further engage the public, video clips, film, and a documentary will be produced prior and after the event. A science education research team will work alongside the team to understand how the project supports deeper connections to the eclipse experience.
About Laura Peticolas
Dr. Laura Peticolas is a Senior Fellow at the Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, and Director of Multiverse, the Space Sciences Laboratory’s education group. Dr. Peticolas received her B.A. in mathematics and physics at the University of Oregon Honors College and her Ph.D. in physics studying the aurora at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. She has led several NSF and NASA-funded national education programs that provided professional development on physics, earth and space science as well as cross-cultural collaborations to educators who primarily teach in out-of-school settings. Dr. Peticolas is currently leading the Eclipse Megamovie project, a crowd-sourcing effort to collect and share images across the path of totality during the 2017 total eclipse of the Sun in the United States. She also provides science consulting services to several NASA-funded education and communication initiatives. Dr. Peticolas’ passion for equity and inclusion in all aspects of society and for the knowledge gained through scientific practices influences all the work that she is involved in.
The webinar recording is available below, or directly on YouTube. All past webinars are also available on the NSN YouTube page.
Last Update: January 19, 2017