Where to Watch the Solar Eclipse Online

Multiple organizations are live-streaming the total solar eclipse in incredible and unique ways — take a look!

Total solar eclipse

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A solar eclipse ought to be seen in person — whether it’s awe-inspiring totality or a captivating partially covered Sun. So, if at all possible, go outside and take a look, making sure to use approved solar viewers or a homemade pinhole projector during the partial phases of the eclipse.

But life happens. Maybe you’re stuck in the office, were unlucky with the weather, or you’re just in the wrong part of the world for this particular event. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Multiple organizations are live-streaming the eclipse in incredible and unique ways. (Not to mention the 90-minute movies that the Megamovie Project and Citizen CATE organizations are creating, which will be available shortly after the eclipse is done.)

Browse the following list for live-stream eclipse webcasts:

  • NASA: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. EDT, will include live coverage from 12 locations, featuring live views of the eclipse as well as eclipse activities taking place across the country. There are multiple ways to watch, including NASA's website, Facebook live, and YouTube.
  • Exploratorium: This science museum in San Francisco will be begin its eclipse webcast at 12 p.m. EDT, featuring telescopes based in Oregon and Wyoming. At 12:15 p.m. EDT, listen in to experience the Kronos Quartet's sonification of the solar eclipse. You can also watch using Exploratorium's free Android and iPhone apps.
  • CNN: CNN is teaming up with Volvo to present Eclipse of the Century, which will present the eclipse from viewing locations across the path of totality with live, 360° coverage.
  • Montana State University: Watch the eclipse from an entirely different perspective — 55 high-altitude balloon teams are teaming up with NASA to provide coverage of the solar eclipse from the stratosphere. Learn more about how and why they're doing it — and watch the live webcast on August 21st — from the Eclipse Across America website.
  • Slooh: Beginning at 11:30 a.m. EDT, Slooh will provide live coverage of the total solar eclipse from Stanley, Idaho, with additional telescope feeds all along the path of totality.
  • TimeandDate.com: Watch the eclipse's progress starting at 11:30 a.m. EDT, with live footage from multiple locations and real-time updates on the current location of the Moon's shadow.

3 thoughts on “Where to Watch the Solar Eclipse Online

  1. Bob-PatrickBob-Patrick


    I enjoyed the Day of the Big Shadow thanks to the links above. I also borrowed the kitchen colander to project multiple images on the patio surface. All in all, I did receive much enjoyment from the Exploratorium’s Eclipse Website and CNN’s Eclipse of the Century, which concluded with the helicopter eclipse ride at 800 feet above Charleston, SC. But, the most enjoyment came when I took frequent breaks from the computer and walked around projecting colander images on the patio and driveway.

    And here is a question for someone to ponder. How many solar eclipses have occurred in the history of our planet Earth?

    Bob Patrick

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