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Total Solar Eclipse Thrills Observers in Malvern for 4 Minutes and 26 Seconds

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The Moment of the Diamond Ring During the 2024 Solar Eclipse. Malvern, Arkansas, USA. Photographed on the 8th at 1:53 PM local time (9th at 3:53 AM Korean time). [Photo by Kim Myung Jin, Senior Researcher at the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute]

On the 8th, a total solar eclipse crossed all of North America.

In Lampasas, Texas, the eclipse occurred from 12:18 PM to 2:58 PM and lasted for 2 hours and 40 minutes. The total eclipse, in which the Moon completely covered the Sun, lasted for 4 minutes and 26 seconds.

The Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute dispatched two observation teams to Texas to observe the total solar eclipse. They successfully conducted ground observations for the core research of the Coronal Diagnostic Experiment (CODEX), developed in cooperation with NASA for use on the International Space Station. The corona refers to the outermost layer of the solar atmosphere.

Jo Kyung Seok, a senior researcher at the astronomy institute, stated, “Despite the cloudy weather, the KASI-NASA team was able to obtain both polarized and unpolarized images through four filters that can determine the temperature and speed of the corona.” He added, “We plan to analyze the polarization characteristics of the lower corona and the polarizing effects of the Earth’s atmosphere in detail through data analysis.”

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