Where to See the Annular Solar Eclipse Online

If you're not in the path of this weekend's annular solar eclipse, bookmark this page for some online viewing options.

This weekend will offer a view of the “ring of fire” eclipse, or at least a partial eclipse of the Sun, to some of Asia and much of the U.S. The rest of the world (including U.S.'s Eastern seaboard) isn't so lucky, but don't worry: there are plenty of places where you can view this spectacular event online.

  • See live coverage of the eclipse from the SLOOH Space Camera.

  • Amateur astronomer Scotty Degenhardt will broadcast live from Area 51 in Nevada.


  • Panasonic will broadcast live from the top of Mt. Fuji after the broadcast crew, engineers, and mountain guides scale the ice-cold summit.



  • Live feed from Hong Kong, China,
    thanks to Hong Kong Observatory and Hong Kong Space Museum



  • Live from Boulder, CO, a hydrogen-alpha view of the Sun:



    Since hydrogen-alpha shows us the Sun's chromosphere, you'll be able to see stringy filaments cross the Sun and prominences at its edge. Coverage will last until 7:18pm (Boulder time), 12 minutes before the fullest eclipse.

    Also from Boulder, CO, the white-light view of the Sun's visible surface, visible until sunset around 7:45pm:



  • From Arizona, Jerry W. at Night Skies Network writes; "Please feel free to check us out on Sunday at approx. 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time [0:00 UT]. I myself will be broadcasting from Channel name Cosmicviewsphxaz. Enjoy the view!"
  • Watch University of North Dakota's Sun Earth Moon Systems (SEMS) live broadcast from Redding, CA.
  • Are you doing a live broadcast and don't see your event listed here? Post in the comments and we'll add yours to the list.

    More eclipse coverage:

    May 20th's Solar Eclipse

    How to View the Eclipse Safely

    How to Photograph the Eclipse

    Additional Photography Tips

    More 2012 Eclipses

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2 thoughts on “Where to See the Annular Solar Eclipse Online

  1. Keith Gleason

    Sommers-Bausch Observatory, University of Coilorado in Boulder, will be putting two live streaming elescope views of the partial solar eclipse.

    The first will be of the chromosphere (hydrogen-alpha: :)http://cosmos.colorado.edu/sbo/public/live.chromosphere.html
    or directly from Ustream at
    http://www.ustream.tv/embed/11122479
    (
    THe other will be of the photosphere (white light):

    http://cosmos.colorado.edu/sbo/public/live.photosphere.html
    or directly from Ustream at
    http://www.ustream.tv/embed/11124078

    At Boulder, first contact occurs at 6:22 MDT. We expect to lose the chromosphere view around 7:18, about 12 minutes before maximum eclipse here (86%). The photosphere camera should be able to follow until sunset over the foothills around 7:45.

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