November 5, 2012
Upcoming Total Solar Eclipse To Be Documented
Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online
Australians will have the privilege of witnessing a total solar eclipse about an hour after sunrise on November 14.
The eclipse will be visible from the northeastern Australia coast, along the Great Barrier Reef, during which astronomers will be working on scientific observations.
Jay Pasachoff, Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy at Williams College, will be viewing his 56th solar eclipse, along with colleagues and students, observing the dynamics and motions of the solar corona as well as variations in the temperature of the corona over the sunspot cycle.
The team will be observing from three sites on the Australian coast with the Sun about 14 degrees above the eastern horizon. The Sun's path will be entirely over the ocean, where the scientists will be using telescopes, cameras and a spectrograph to study the event.
The eclipse will last for about two minutes, starting at 6:38 a.m. local time next Wednesday, or 3:38 p.m. in New York on November 13.
Pasachoff and colleagues will be documenting the event on video, to be used as part of their research. They will be accompanied by a team led by solar astronomer Alphonse Sterling, a Japan-based scientist from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center.
Prof. John Seiradakis and Aris Voulgaris from the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece will also be joining the research efforts. Their team of 16 scientists and students will carry out coronal photography and spectroscopy.
For those who are not located in Australia, but would still like to watch the eclipse, there will be a live stream of the event available on Ustream.