Watch the Partial Solar Eclipse Online

The partial solar eclipse on the afternoon of October 23rd will be visible from much of North America. But the denizens of New England, including the offices of Sky & Telescope, are not so lucky — we're just out of range of the eclipse's shadow.

So that's why we'll be watching online instead. Several observatories (listed below in alphabetical order) are offering their services for Thursday's event, so whether you live in the wrong place or under the wrong weather, you can still catch the celestial magic. And if you know of anyone else streaming the event, help out your fellow astronomer by posting in the comments below.

Coca Cola Space Science Center — Columbus State University's live webcast will start at 5 p.m. EDT.

Griffith Observatory — In addition to hosting a free public viewing of the eclipse, the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California, will also provide online streaming of the event from 5:07 p.m. EDT (eclipse starts) to 7:39 p.m. EDT (eclipse ends). Eclipse max for the location is 6:27 p.m. EDT.

Lupica Observatory - Live from Celestron's Joseph A. Lupica Jr. Observatory in Torrance, California, Focus Astronomy will provide a live video feed of today's partial solar eclipse.

McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope — This webcast comes live from a National Solar Observatory telescope on Kitt Peak, Arizona.

SkyCenter — University of Arizona's SkyCenter will carry live images of the eclipse. These images are acquired and processed before posting online, so weather-permitting, you can look forward to some gorgeous shots!

Slooh — The community observatory will host a free, live event starting at 5 p.m. EDT.

Southern Connecticut State University — The Department of Physics and Astronomy will host a live webcast, set to start at 3 p.m. EDT according to their countdown clock. A free public-viewing event will also be held in the SCSU Planetarium.

Want to know more? Answer your eclipse questions, and find out where and when this partial solar eclipse will be visible.

Wishing you clear (remote) skies!


Keep an eye out for eclipses and other celestial events with our 2015 Sky & Telescope Observing Wall Calendar.

2 thoughts on “Watch the Partial Solar Eclipse Online

  1. Anthony BarreiroAnthony Barreiro

    Watching an eclipse in person is much more exciting, so I’m hoping for clear skies here in San Francisco. At this point the forecast calls for partly to mostly cloudy skies and a chance of rain. We need rain, but how about a miraculous five hour break in the weather?

  2. JZSYami

    I’m praying for a break in the weather. Here in Chico rain is forcasted for the exact times the eclipse is happening. (although there is a less than 50% chance) I really want to see it in person.

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