How to Watch the U.S. Solar Eclipse Online for Free
On August 21, North America will enjoy a total solar eclipse. The moon will pass directly between the Sun and the Earth, causing the Sun to light to be “occulted.”
Contrary to popular belief, total solar eclipses are fairly common events. On average, the planet experiences one every 18 months. The last one happened over Indonesia, Micronesia, and the Marshall Islands in March 2016.
Nonetheless, the upcoming eclipse will mark the first time in 99 years that a total eclipse will be visible across the entire contiguous United States. It’s even 39 years since a total eclipse was visible from anywhere in the country (back then, it was only visible in 14 states).
If you’re outside of the line of totality, or worse, the clouds close in on the day itself, you might want to view it online instead . Here are three places you can stream the day’s events.
- NASA — Unsurprisingly, NASA TV is planning an eclipse bonanza. It will have 11 spacecraft, three NASA aircraft, 50 high-altitude balloons, and the International Space Station focused on the events. They will conspire to beam a feed of video and pictures across the country. You can follow along on the web, on YouTube, or on your streaming device.
- Astronomy.com — Astronomy.com will be streaming 4K footage of the eclipse on its website. Eclipse expert David Brewer will broadcast the feed from Denver, a city that will experience a 92 percent eclipse.
- San Francisco Exploratorium — The Exploratorium will show footage on its website, but interestingly, it’s also created both an Android and iOS app so you can follow along if you’re on-the-go.
Remember, looking directly at the Sun is dangerous; make sure you’re wearing protective eyewear. Similarly, if you want to photograph the eclipse , make sure you take appropriate precautions.
Are you planning to watch the eclipse? What do you have planned for the day? Let us know in the comments below.
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