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On July 2, 2019, a total solar eclipse was visible in parts of Chile and Ar-gentina. I joined the Solar Wind Sherpas, an international group of scientists,engineers, students, and eclipse enthusiasts, to South America to make obser-vations of the solar corona (the Sun’s upper atmosphere) during the eclipse.The Sherpas were split into three teams along the path of totality and my groupwas stationed at Mamalluca Observatory in Vicuna, Chile. One of the instru-ments we used at this side was a three-channel (red, green, and blue) spectrom-eter designed by A. Ding, of Hawai’i’s Institute for Astronomy. Spectra from thecorona can be used to study coronal composition and ion speeds. I helped as-semble and align the spectrometer in Chile and performed preliminary analysisof spectral data taken at our site.


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Dr. Martina Arndt, Thesis Advisor

Dr. Jeff Williams, Committee Member

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