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Celestial Tour: Coronagraph


Produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute, Office of Public Outreach, in collaboration with NASA’s Universe of Learning partners: IPAC, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, and Sonoma State University.
Images and Animations:

  • 2017 total solar eclipse from Whiskey Mountain, Wyoming: Miloslav Druckmüller, Jana Hoderová, Peter Štarha, and Shadia Habbal

  • Bernard Lyot at Pic du Midi:  l'Observatoire de Paris

  • Sun eclipsed by Lyot’s coronagraph: The Science Museum (UK)

  • Solar prominence viewed using Lyot’s coronagraph: l'Observatoire de Paris

  • Sunlight blocked by a coronagraph: STScI

  • Comet NEAT imaged by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO): NASA, ESA, SOHO

  • HD 61005 star system imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope: NASA, D. Hines (Space Science Institute, New Mexico Office in Corrales, New Mexico), and G. Schneider (University of Arizona)

  • HD 139664 star system imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope: NASA, ESA, and P. Kalas (University of California, Berkeley)

  • AU Microscopii star system imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope: NASA, ESA, J. R. Graham and P. Kalas (University of California, Berkeley), and B. Matthews (Hertzberg Institute of Astrophysics)

  • Coronagraph revealing an exoplanet: Walt Feimer, Scott Wiessinger, Neil Gehrels, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab  

  • Exoplanet orbiting HR 8799: Jason Wang (UC Berkeley) and Christian Marois (NRC Herzberg)

  • Exoplanets, artists’ conceptions: NASA, STScI

Writing: Margaret W. Carruthers
Design: Dani Player
Science review lead: Dr. Brandon Lawton
Education lead: Timothy Rhue II
Additional editorial input from: Dr. Lynn Cominsky, Sonoma State University; Dr. Sabrina Stierwalr, IPAC/Caltech; Dr. Tiffany Meshkat, IPAC/Caltech.
Music courtesy of Associated Production Music


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