Weiser High School students take part in national eclipse experiment

Posted at 9:31 PM, Aug 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-22 15:21:38-04

You will be able to view a movie of the solar eclipse from coast to coast.

It was all made possible by sixty-eight sights across the country and a group of Idaho high school students took part.

"you hear what people say and you see images, but it's definitely way better than I ever could have imagined it being." said Llanee Gibson, a senior at Weiser High School.

These high school students are part of the nation-wide citizen "C.A.T.E." experiment.
It stands for "Continental America Telescopic Eclipse," which is organized by the "National Solar Observatory." 
They set up sixty-eight powerful telescopes across the path of totality, and Weiser high school is one of twenty-two high schools involved.

Statistically, Weiser is one of the best locations for viewing because of the weather.
The Weiser High Students received equipment in late May and have been training ever since. 
Students were responsible for lining up the telescope, removing the sun filter at the exact moment of totality and taking images of the entire event.

They spent two and a half hours leading up to Monday's eclipse monitoring the drift of the sun to make sure it was aligned perfectly during totality. 
Each of the sixty-eight sights across the country uploaded a sample image to put together to make a continuous ninety-minute movie of the solar corona.