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What Are The Best Live Video Streams To Use To Watch The August 2017 Total Solar Eclipse?

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Experience 2017's total solar eclipse virtually: Come Aug. 21, people outside the eclipse path, under cloudy skies or hoping to stay indoors have plenty of options to watch the celestial event live. Please note, comment, forward

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Fiona O (565)
Wednesday August 9, 2017, 6:03 pm
Whether you want expert commentary, eclipse history and legends, music derived from the shadow's path or just clear views of the disappearing sun, livestreamed webcasts on this list should have you covered. (We will be constantly updating this list with new webcasts and live streams as they are announced.) will stream our best webcast picks on our watch live page Aug. 21 — but read on to choose from the many livestream options available. [Total Solar Eclipse 2017: When, Where and How to See It (Safely)]

NASA's livestream, called "Eclipse Across America: Through the Eyes of NASA," will feature live views of the eclipse, from viewers around the world, 11 spacecraft and three NASA aircraft; and from more than 50 high-altitude balloons and astronauts on the International Space Station; plus views of eclipse celebration events across the country, NASA said in a statement. Viewers may also expect commentary and presentations by NASA scientists; the webcast will last for multiple hours. Watch NASA's eclipse webcast here — there are options to watch through NASA Edge, NASA TV, Ustream, YouTube and more.

Fiona O (565)
Wednesday August 9, 2017, 6:04 pm
Slooh, the online community observatory, is hosting a three-day celebration of the eclipse in Stanley, Idaho, and will provide live coverage of the event itself as the eclipse races from coast to coast. The online observatory will also feature commentary from experts "covering everything from the science of eclipses, advice on how to observe the eclipse from your own backyard, together with [its] team of cultural correspondents, who will shed light on the history and spirituality of eclipses." You can watch that webcast at starting at 12 p.m. EDT (1600 GMT), and we will also stream it live on, courtesy of Slooh.

Eploratorium, a science museum based in San Francisco, will livestream the eclipse as filmed from two locations, starting at 1 p.m. EDT (1700 GMT). Exploratorium will also feature a Spanish version of its eclipse livestream; a stream of the telescope's view from Oregon; a stream of the telescope's view from Wyoming; and a special "sonification" of the eclipse by Kronos, a string quartet:

ABC will air a two-hour special on the eclipse starting at 1 p.m. EDT (1700 GMT). It will be anchored by David Muir and will feature reporters checking in from viewing parties and events, and interviewing people as they watch the eclipse, according to Brian Steinberg at Variety. Meteorologists Ginger Zee and Rob Marciano will also weigh in from Nashville, Tennessee, and Lincoln City, Oregon, respectively. The broadcast will also air on as well as Facebook Live and YouTube.

Fiona O (565)
Wednesday August 9, 2017, 6:06 pm
CNN and Volvo will provide a 360-degree view of the eclipse with 4K resolution from different locations along the eclipse path. The stream will also be viewable in virtual reality, which people can navigate by moving a phone or virtual reality headset. The livestream begins at 12:03 p.m. EDT (1603 GMT):

Science Channel will broadcast views from Madras, Oregon, in partnership with the Lowell Observatory, according to Patrick Hipes at, starting at 12 p.m. EDT (1600 GMT) and will feature retired astronaut Mike Massimino as host based in Charleston, South Carolina. In addition to the live coverage, Science Channel will air an hourlong overview of the eclipse at 9 p.m. EDT (0100 on Aug. 22 GMT) — competing with PBS' NOVA, which will also be airing a documentary about the day's events at 9. More details from Science Channel:

Virtual Telescope Project will host a free online observing session with views of the total solar eclipse beginning at 1 p.m. EDT (1700 GMT), with footage from a team of collaborators around the globe, according to Virtual Telescope Project's Gianluca Masi. Watch it here:

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JL A (281)
Wednesday August 9, 2017, 6:16 pm
Thanks Fiona--supposed to be about 69% here so I'd begun thinking about what I'd do.

Denise D (33)
Wednesday August 9, 2017, 6:20 pm
Thanks for the reminder, Fiona! I had totally forgotten about the eclipse.

Peggy B (43)
Wednesday August 9, 2017, 6:56 pm
I'm watching it with my grandchildren.

Lenore K (0)
Thursday August 10, 2017, 12:32 pm

Janet B (0)
Thursday August 10, 2017, 7:31 pm

Colleen L (3)
Thursday August 10, 2017, 10:25 pm
I'm looking forward to it. Thanks Fiona

Danuta W (1250)
Friday August 11, 2017, 5:30 am

Panchali Y (26)
Friday August 11, 2017, 12:32 pm
Thank you

Lenore K (0)
Friday August 11, 2017, 2:00 pm

aj E (164)
Friday August 11, 2017, 4:12 pm

Janet B (0)
Friday August 11, 2017, 8:32 pm

Lenore K (0)
Saturday August 12, 2017, 2:47 pm

Janet B (0)
Saturday August 12, 2017, 8:29 pm

Les M (3)
Sunday August 13, 2017, 9:32 am
thank you for this info. we never got around to getting our glasses.

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 13, 2017, 11:15 am
thanks Fiona!

Lenore K (0)
Sunday August 13, 2017, 12:18 pm

Janet B (0)
Sunday August 13, 2017, 8:22 pm

Winnie A (179)
Monday August 14, 2017, 6:48 am
Thanks Fiona!

Freya H (357)
Monday August 14, 2017, 12:58 pm
I have my glasses ready, and spare pairs for my friends. However, the weather may not cooperate. If so, guess I"ll have to check one of those video streams.

Lenore K (0)
Monday August 14, 2017, 6:01 pm

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Tuesday August 15, 2017, 6:07 am
Noted, Thanks

Ian C (31)
Tuesday August 15, 2017, 10:50 am

Connie O (44)
Wednesday August 16, 2017, 7:24 pm
Thank you!

Margie F (148)
Thursday August 17, 2017, 12:08 am
Thank you

Margie F (148)
Saturday August 26, 2017, 7:32 am
Thanks again

Margie F (148)
Sunday August 27, 2017, 2:20 am
Thanks again

Margie F (148)
Monday August 28, 2017, 2:55 am
Thanks again
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