On August 21, 2017, sky watchers within a narrow band of the contiguous U.S. -- from Oregon to South Carolina -- will be treated to a totalmore
On August 21, 2017, sky watchers within a narrow band of the contiguous U.S. -- from Oregon to South Carolina -- will be treated to a total solar eclipse. In what's being called the "Great American Eclipse," the moon will fully obscure the sun from view. Those outside this zone, known as the "path of totality," can still view a partial solar eclipse from anywhere in the U.S. But you can always gain a richer perspective -- no matter where you are -- with apps that promise to educate you about the eclipse, guide you toward the best viewing spots, teach you how to best photograph the event, and connect you to live-streamed telescope views and important safety information.
This app, designed for kids big and small, shows you what you can expect to see where you are, discover the nearest location within the path of totality, get navigation tools to get you there, learn more about eclipses, and shop for solar glasses.
The San Francisco Exploratorium's Total Solar Eclipse app lets you see five simultaneous video streams of the eclipse: one hosted by Exploratorium educators and NASA scientists in English, one hosted in Spanish, one non-narrated, a 3-hour live telescope view from Oregon, a similar one from Wyoming, and a live telescope view, backed by the legendary Kronos Quartet. You'll also be able to trace the path of totality with an interactive map and calculate what you'll be able to observe from your location.
If you're in the path of totality, Solar Eclipse Timer counts down to contact times; tells you what to look for during partial phases, when to take your solar glasses off, and how and when to take excellent eclipse photos; and provides plenty of useful educational material.
Designed in collaboration with the Space Sciences Laboratory at UC Berkeley, Eclipse Megamovie Mobile provides a map of the path of totality and displays quick directions to the best, closest viewing spot; a countdown timer; and the ability to enable the app to capture excellent photos automatically. Your images may even be included in a massive dataset of eclipse observations, collected for The Megamovie Project -- with your permission, of course.
Get general information, a visibility map, a countdown timer, and if you just can't wait, simulations of what the eclipse will look like.