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Total Solar Eclipse Live Stream from the Exploratorium Available Over CalREN

Posted on August 4, 2017 - 2:47 PM CDT

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On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will cross the continental United States, from Oregon to South Carolina. The best place to watch the eclipse will be along the path of totality. The second best? At the Exploratorium or on its website or mobile app. With the support of NASA, the Exploratorium is sending field crews to two different locations along the path of totality. They’ll bring high-powered telescopes and high-end video gear to transmit a stunning live broadcast of the total solar eclipse. Special telescope configurations will capture live images of the sun with high dynamic range quality.

The Exploratorium has developed Total Solar Eclipse, a free app for iOS and Android devices. With information about the eclipse and safe viewing techniques, the app will allow users to view live streams of the eclipse from their phones and tablets, and share the streams to televisions in HD video. Users will be able to move seamlessly between the Exploratorium’s five live streams of the eclipse, (including direct telescope feeds from Wyoming and Oregon), English and Spanish live coverage programs featuring scientists from the Exploratorium and NASA, and a sonification of the eclipse with a live performance by Kronos Quartet at the Exploratorium’s home on the San Francisco waterfront.

The CENIC community is invited to take advantage of this member-created rich content, perhaps by creating local community events to show the live HD streams. Because the Exploratorium is distributing the live eclipse video through Akamai, which peers with CalREN, CENIC members can take advantage of their robust connection to stream all content.