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Marshall Scientists and the Total Solar Eclipse of 2024

Mitzi Adams, Paul Bremner, Adam Kobelski, Alphonse Sterling, Robert Loper (ST13) Pete Robertson (ST11-emeritus), Amanda Adams (CS10), and Adam Farragut (CS10), attended the 4/8/24 total solar eclipse, viewing it from southwest Texas.  The group were in the area in advance of the eclipse to do multiple talks and workshops in Uvalde, Garner State Park, Eagle Pass, and Del Rio Texas, where we saw approximately 4500 persons that included students (kindergarten through college), teachers, and the local community, including presenting at the Uvalde Honey Festival.  On eclipse day, Kobelski, Adams (A.), and Farragut were at Garner State Park.  Bremner observed from Uvalde and Adams (M.) and Robertson were in Eagle Pass.  Loper (R.) was on site at Russellville, Arkansas, for several days leading up to and including the eclipse. Unfortunately, the two sites close to Uvalde had cloudy skies that only gave them a glimpse of totality.  In Eagle Pass, clouds cleared around the eclipsed Sun for the full four minutes and approximately 30 seconds of totality, allowing viewers there (~750 of the community) to view the huge naked eye prominence on the southwest limb of the Sun.  Because of the clouds, Alphonse Sterling left Uvalde for Brady, Texas, where clouds cleared for approximately one minute of totality. 

Totality for Alphonse Sterling, as seen from Brady, Texas.
Alphonse Sterling
Viewers at Garner State Park – Hoping for the clouds to clear.
Totality from Eagle Pass, Texas, showing the large prominence at approximately 5:30 on the disk. The image is fuzzy because there were still clouds.
This image was taken by Derek Wallentinsen, a NASA Solar-System Ambassador, who was assisting the NASA team.
Days before the eclipse, students participate in solar-related activities. Telescopes were set up outside this gymnasium at the Student Activities space in Eagle Pass, Texas.

Alphonse Sterling (ST13) carried out ground-based observations of the 4/8/24 total solar eclipse from Brady, TX, using a 106mm apochromatic refractor telescope and several different exposures.  One comparatively long-exposure image is shown below.   Sterling also arranged for co-temporal solar images to be obtained with the X-ray Telescope (XRT) on the Hinode spacecraft.

Comparatively long-exposure image of Solar Eclipse
Alphonse Sterling