A Search for Dust Around Our Sun

Document Type

Grant Proposal

Date Accepted

Summer 2006

Project Description/Abstract

During a total solar eclipse, our moon is positioned perfectly such that it obstructs the bright disc of the Sun from our view. As a result, we have a rare view of the atmosphere above the solar surface. On March 29, 2006, a total solar eclipse will be visible from Libya, Africa. We plan to make observations that will expand on and test our results from previous work that suggests the presence of dust near the solar surface.

The main bulk of this research, including travel and equipment costs, is being funded by a National Science Foundation Grant on which I am a Co-PI. However, due to budget constraints, NSF asked us to cut our $1.3 million budget by 75%, leaving only $300,000. Therefore, I am requesting $3100 from CART to allow me to work during this upcoming summer.

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