General Meeting

Next Meeting:  Friday, January 5, 2018

Open to the Public:  TAAA encourages the public to join our general meetings held on the first Friday of the month in the Steward Observatory Lecture Hall (Room N210) on the U of A Campus.

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Previous Meeting:  Friday, December 1, 2017

6:30 pm – Introductory Presentation

Title:  To Be Determined



7:30 pm – Main Presentation

Title:  How the CATE Experiment Advances Solar Studies

Presenter:  Dr. Matt Penn, astronomer at the National Solar Observatory and principal investigator for the Total Solar Eclipse CATE Experiment.

Dr. Penn will speak about CATE (Citizen Continental-America Telescopic Eclipse Experiment), the national citizen astronomer experiment with 68 telescopes and 250 volunteers capturing images of the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse along the 2500 mile-long path of totality. The goal was to collect data only available during a total solar eclipse for studying the sun’s corona and polar plumes. Learn about CATE’s early successes and about the 90-minute movie being produced  from some 45,000 solar coronal images. For more information, visit