Today is a big day for both amateur observers and professional scientists alike. Hopefully all of you already have your eclipse glasses and/or telescope and solar filter at the ready, but even if you don't there are still plenty of opportunities to participate in today's eclipse activities. In fact, because this particular solar eclipse is spanning the entire continental U.S. we get to share the experience with people across the planet via the internet. Below is a summary of just some of the online viewing and activities you can check out today:
There are so many solar eclipse app for your smartphone that there is no way I could possibly list them all. So I will just call out the two that I would definitely download:
Total Solar Eclipse for iOS is an app by the folks at Exploratorium. Exploratorium is..."a hands-on museum of science, art, and human perception in San Francisco, California..." What makes this app so special is that the folks at Exploratorium are deploying people with telescopes in various locations in Oregon and Wyoming and live streaming images of the eclipse from these telescopes to the app.
Smithsonian Eclipse 2017 app for iOS is another not to miss app. They will have a live stream from NASA of the eclipse as it travel across the entire U.S. The app also has interactive maps and timers to tell you what to expect based on your exact location.
List of live streams:
Below is a list of live stream viewable from an internet browser. There are a ton of them and these are just a few. Hopefully you have a large computer screen and can watch them all!
- NASA live stream (starts at noon eastern thru 4pm eastern) on both the web and on FaceBook Live
- NASA EDGE is another great NASA stream that will be up today live from Carbondale from 11:45am - 4:15pm eastern and there is a web version and a FaceBook Live version
- Virtual Telescope Project (1pm eastern)
- SLOOH has a live cast starting at 12 noon eastern
- And last but not least I would be remiss if I didn't tell you that GeekDad.com will also be covering and live streaming the event today (as most of you know I occasionally write for GeekDad). Just head over to the GeekDad.com main page.
There are quite a few really cool science experiments and observations taking place and below are just a few that should be aware of:
- NASA is sending up a bunch of high-altitude balloons to test how well bacteria can survive (if at all) on the surface of Mars. The Verge has a good article explaining what NASA is doing and why.
- The Citizen Cate Experiment aims to capture images of the inner solar corona using a netork of more than 60 telescopes operated by citizen scientists.
- NASA is chasing the eclipse through the sky in WB-57F jets
- Take your own eclipse measurements and observations with the Globe Observer app for iOS. This is not an app just for eclipse observations as this is a general NASA earth observation and data capture app, but they will be taking and using eclipse observations today so why not join in!
- Do your own observations of how animals react to a total solar eclipse by visiting one of these wildlife refuges in the path of totality