Crowdsourcing The Solar Eclipse of 2017

Shutterbugs with eclipse photography experience should mark November 13, 2012 and August 21, 2017 on their calendars. Those are the dates for two solar eclipses and astronomers want to harness the power of the internet to record these events.

The researchers are asking photographers to submit pictures of the eclipse and as many as one million new images maybe added to their database. The lab's images will be mixed with the amateur images to create a movie that could last a brain-numbing 12 hours. Much of this slow-moving eclipse story would bore you and me, but it may provide valuable scientific info for astronomers. The big shebang is planned in 2017, while the November 2012 date will be used as a trial run to see how well this idea will work. [Wired]


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