In a classic plowed sword movement, two WB-57 aircraft piloted by the air program in the air processed NASA salute the shadow of the moon as it rushes to the contiguous US states Monday, August 21 in a daring mission of the science.

“We are going to observe the total solar eclipse with two planes, each with visible infrared cameras that take high-definition video,” said researcher at the Southern Research Institute (SWRI) in the Amir Caspi project at Universe Today.

“This is going to be the observations of the highest quality to date (solar corona) of its kind, in search of a rapid dynamic movement in the solar corona.”

Total solar eclipses give researchers a unique opportunity to study the solar corona – the ghostly glow of the Sun’s outer atmosphere seen only during the whole.

NASA offers a battery experience during the eclipse, including plans to intercept the moon’s shadow using two planes near the largest screen point in Carbondale, Illinois. After leaving Ellington Field, near Houston, Texas, and operated by the NASA Johnson Space Flight Center, NASA is the only pending operator of the WB-57 aircraft.

Group photo of the NASA NB-57 fleet. Credit: NASA / Robert Markowitz
Flying at an altitude of 50,000 feet, the aircraft will intercept the 70-mile-wide shadow of the Moon. The shadow will move at 1400 miles per hour – twice the speed of sound – compared to the WB-57’s maximum aircraft speed at 470 miles per hour.

The flight extends the length of the screen from the 2 minute and 40 second views of the plant, up to a total of about 8 minutes between the two aircraft.

Both tactical bombers convert WB-57 Canberra follows the eclipse with dynamite (Night Airbourne Motion Imagery for terrestrial environments), two mounted tandem cardan 8.7-inch images, one for visible light and infrared. These are located on the nose of the plane and shoot at 30 frames per second.

This system was originally designed for about a decade to expel the United States space shuttle during re-entry after the Columbia disaster in 2003 and occasionally provided spectacular images SpaceX Falcon 9 Step 1 return during re-entry.

The solar corona is as bright as the full moon, and the team plans to make a “map” of the solar crown precisely in an effort to understand how the crown interacts with the solar photosphere and the chromosphere. Of particular interest is to understand how the energy of the waves and “nanoflares” heat the solar corona.

“What we expect to learn is what makes the crown so hot (with temperatures approaching a million degrees Celsius in general and regions from 4 to 10 million degrees Celsius above the sunspot regions, much Hotter than the dazzling photosphere) and keeps it under structure, “says Caspi.” Why do not we see a spiral disaster? “

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