CATE 2024

With 35 teams of local community participants, or “citizen scientists” (learn how to participate), the Citizen Continental-America Telescopic Eclipse (CATE) 2024 project will provide next-generation polarized observations during the 2024 total solar eclipse that crosses the United States from Texas to Maine. The network of 35 telescopes will provide 60 continuous minutes of totality images.


Using two of NASA’s WB-57F high-altitude research jets to chase the darkness across America on April 8, 2024, the team will take observations from telescopes mounted on the noses of the planes. The instruments will ­­­­­capture the clearest images of the Sun’s outer atmosphere — the corona – in multiple wavelengths of light, including new measurements of infrared light.