Astonishing series of scientific discoveries were made during the rare total solar eclipses. Probably the most famous one was done on May 29th 1919 when it was proved that the Sun behaves like a giant achromatic gravitational lens as it was predicted by Einstein's general relativity theory. Although nowadays cosmic probes greatly extended the possibilities of observing the Sun as the telescopes can be placed outside the interfering Earth's atmosphere, each total solar eclipse remains a scientific event of great importance. Total solar eclipse gives an unique opportunity to take advantage of digital cameras, advanced photographic films, fast computers, and modern mathematics and create images of inner corona in the quality which is nowadays impossible to be reached by any other way. The main aim of these Web pages is to prove that the previous sentence is truthful and that from the scientific point of view it makes sense to organize expeditions to each total solar eclipse.
Other types of eclipses as partial solar eclipses or lunar eclipses are presented on these Web pages too. I would like to illustrate wide possibilities of mathematical image processing or simply to show the beauty of the phenomenon.
In 2002 the author of these Web pages started the MMV project the aim of which is to develop new mathematical methods to make the processing of corona images more effective, especially the highly precise registration, and to visualize coronal structures by means of adaptive filters which are inspired by human vision. Nowadays, the project has participants all over the world and it is open to any professionals or amateurs who have high quality images of total solar eclipses and would like to participate on this project. The results of MMV project are continuously published in the MMV project archive. The coordinator of the project is Hana Druckmüllerová.
Institute of Mathematics, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
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