So NASA will chase the solar eclipse, with two jets – how interesting is that! It is almost like those road stalkers trying to look at their crush the longest they can, and they’d lurk behind them as long as they can – how cute is NASA!
The total solar eclipse which is expected to occur across the United States on August 21, 2017 is a fascinating and historic even in itself. To observe this spectacular natural even when the day will turn into night all over America – hundreds of observatories across the country will closely look at it, space enthusiasts will droll over it, professional and amateur photographers will aim their best cameras to capture this rare, momentary and stunning event into their devices forever and people will just take some moments off their daily lives to glance at the bright coronal ring of total solar eclipse. But NASA will take it to an entire new level and will be chasing the eclipse with two jet planes!
NASA’s WB-57F research jets will follow the dark even across USA to capture the clearest ever images of the Solar Eclipse. A team led by Amir Caspi of the Southwest Research Institute will board the jets to take observations from twin telescopes mounted on the noses of the planes, Mr. Caspi will capture the clearest images of the Sun’s corona to date and the first-ever thermal images of Mercury, revealing how temperature varies across the planet’s surface. And these will turn out into some of the best ever images of the sun’s corona which is beautiful in itself.
As per plan, the jets will capture 30 high-definition pictures of the corona every second from the height of 50,000 feet, where the sky is 20 to 30 times darker that the ground and there is less turbulence which will help in steady telescopic image capturing – a perfect vantage point in the dark sky. The moon will cover the sun completely and will perfectly block its light which will generate a mystical faint corona; this will be visible from the ground for about 2 minutes 30 seconds, but NASA jets will enjoy the gorgeous total sun eclipse for 7 complete minutes without any clouds. After taking off from Houston, the jets will chase the umbra by flying over Missouri, Illinois and Tennessee. Isn’t it a brilliant idea?!