The group–mostly astronomy buffs and amateur photographers–are stationed along the path stretching from Salem, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina, where they’ll be able to see the total eclipse as well as the corona, or the sun’s tenuous atmosphere.
The initiative is in collaboration with a group of scientists led by University of California, Berkeley’s Space Sciences Laboratory , who came up with the idea of crowdsourcing an image archive of next week’s total Solar Eclipse back in 2011.
The team at Google will use an algorithm it developed to align the photos by GPS data and time stamps, so that eventually the movie will show the eclipse and its movement from views across the country.
In the long term, with regards to the eclipse project, the company intends to incorporate new tech as the field advances, making its algorithm even faster at stitching together more images more accurately.
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