Tuesday, February 21, 2017

T-Shirts are done!!!!

Exactly 180 days until the start of the eclipse and today I picked up the T-Shirts!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Results of test on 3 Feb 2017

Results from 3 Feb 2017 Solar Eclipse equipment test and broad area video test indicated that the video transmission connection was stable according to reports from several participates in AZ and CA. Several minor problems were uncovered during the test but everything considered, it went well. The 4 min live video test was recorded and is located here:
Thanks for all who participated at remote sites for your reports.

Friday, February 3, 2017

First Wide Area Test of Live Video Stream

This evening 3 Feb 2017 from 7:00 PM MST (6:00 PM PST and 9:00 PM EST) I will be conducting an initial test of the Solar Eclipse Telescope System. The test will include a live video transmission. If you would like to participate in the video portion of the test follow these instructions:

Here is the Ustream address that I
will be using  during the test. 

Click here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/zNRL9naSk7t

Click on it to see if you get to the 

2017 LiveSolarEclipse channel.

The video window will say OFF AIR until I start transmitting. If you go to
the channel before I go live just stay there and it will start. I will begin
transmitting at approx 7:00 pm MST and continue for at least 15 minutes.
You should see the me and some of the eclipse team then the Moon. That's
the plan.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Eclipse Sponsors

In the tradition of Galileo, Kepler and all scientists past and present...the work of science has always been made possible with the the help of sponsors...in the case of Galileo or Kepler...by prominent families. Today one submits a proposal to help fund the research to be done. In that great tradition, a means of having those members of the public interested in continuing the time honored method of funding science has been established. I thank you for your support and if you are so inclined, to help defray a portion of the cost of the expedition follow the link at https://www.gofundme.com/papas-2017-great-american-eclipse.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Testing the Solar Telescope Mount


More testing! This tests the robust capacity of the Solar Telescope Mount to be used during the eclipse. The mount will carry the solar telescope and imaging system.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Science and politics never mix…however science transcends political boundaries and ultimately prevails…but not without some intrigue. Alas, even the eclipse in 1991 had a bit of intrigue. As I designed the experiment which will image the corona in white light during the 2017 eclipse, I am reminded of a similar collection of data I took at the 1991 eclipse. My Russian colleagues were very interested in my CCD data. I offered them a disk with the images on it at our ‘after the eclipse going away party’. As we laughed and enjoyed great company amount new found friends and colleagues, one of the Russian scientists became very quiet and pensive. He was concerned about the data on the computer disk and how he would get it back to Russia. Because Russia was a communist country and all the science equipment had to be carefully accounted for and the fact that it had to go from Russia to Cuba then to Mexico for the eclipse…the data disk was not on the manifest. Going through three layers of security from Mexico to Cuba then back to Russia posed a potential security problem. If found the disk might be construed as some nefarious international spy plot. What to do? After about 3 seconds of thought the scientist said the equivalent of “the hell with it” and hid the disk deep in his duffle bag! The data and scientist did make it back to Russia and a paper was published using my data. Here’s the intro from that paper:

The full paper can be found at