Monday, May 22, 2017

NASA Solar Eclipse Subject Matter Expert (SME)

I have been selected (one of many) as a NASA-approved expert (SME) for the solar eclipse My eclipse activities at the KOA Douglas, basecamp... is now a NASA recognized event . NASA will provide the event coordinator an eclipse care package of educational materials.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Solar Eclipse Equipment Field Test

Here is the result of the fiedl test of the solar eclipse equipment...including the video switcher, Solar Eclipse Telescope and the NASA Radio Jove Solar Radio Test.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

A Solar Burst received by the Solar Eclipse Spectrograh

Today the Sun woke up and participated in my experiment! I am testing the receiver and spectrograph that will be used during the upcoming solar eclipse as part of a NASA Radio Jove Solar Eclipse Team. This is what a solar burst looks like on the spectrograph.

Monday, March 27, 2017

The motivation for Papa's 2017 Great American Eclipse Expedition 

 While the years have not been kind to the video tape, here is the motivation for Papa's 2017 Great American Eclipse Expedition. You will see the beginning and end of totality as well as hear the reaction of scientists during the start of totality. I was busy collecting data during the eclipse...that I eventually gave to my Russian colleagues resulting a published paper on the corona.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Field Test of Antenna and SDR Radio Spectrograph

                                                150 Days Until Eclipse Day!!!

This is the antenna and Radio Spectrograph test configuration that will be used during the eclipse. As part of the NASA Radio Jove Eclipse Observing Team, data will be collected during the eclipse to analyze solar activity in the radio spectrum centered at 20.1 MHz. The Moon may act as a shield to any solar radio emissions or ionospheric changes may be observed.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Improved Video Solar Eclipse Telescope

Here is the new and improved Solar Video Eclipse Telescope. It will have the ability to display either white light or H-alpha live video or the eclipse. When wired into the portable video studio not only will the images be displayed on the large monitor at the base-camp but also streamed to the internet. This test shows that the concept works and can be packaged into a single container for easy transport. Image scale will be tweaked.

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:

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 the case of Galileo or 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

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.