This paper briefly describes the solar physics program of the Royal Observatory of Belgium, for the total solar eclipse of 1999 August 11. We intend to set up similar experiments at two sites close to the center line, respectively in France and in Romania. In this purpose, close collaborations with local organizations are being established. The observing program will consist in two main experiments: - Fast CCD imaging of the corona in polarized white-light, up to 2 to 4 R_Sun, using fully automated 24-position rotating polarizing filters and powerful computers. - photographic observations, also in polarized white-light, using a six-position manual polarizing filter at the prime focus of 1 meter refractors. The program may also include infrared photography of the far corona.
Contributions of the Astronomical Observatory Skalnate Pleso
- Pub Date:
- March 1999