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Not able to travel US to experience Total Solar Eclipse? Here are 5 apps to watch it on August 21

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Sun August 20 2017, 6:39 pm
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    Everyone is geared up to experience solar eclipse on August 21 and become witness to a massive space phenomenon coming to pass. Tens of thousands of people are travelling across the globe for the grand celestial event that will take place in the US after 38 years. But there are millions more who are disappointed as they would not be present on the land of Uncle Sam to witness it live. Well, for these people, there is no need to worry as this the 21st century and we are all the Dumbeldores and Harry Potters of the modern time - well, almost. We don't need broomsticks or planes to visit foreign lands to witness something great like this happening in real time. We have our magic wand (smartphone) and there are five spells (apps) that will help people watch the solar eclipse live sitting at home. Sure it is a mere patch of watching the whole thing in real life, but the digital experience will surely leave you floored too: Here are the five apps to watch Total Solar Eclipse on August 21: (AP)

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    1) NASA This goes without saying that NASA has been preparing for this day for quite some time. The space organistation already has a section dedicated to the eclipse on their website and now it is available on the app. The countdown is on. (NASA)

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    2) Smithsonian Eclipse 2017 You can also view NASA’s live stream of the total eclipse from your phone with the Smithsonian Eclipse 2017 app. The app is available for both Android and iOS. This app will tell you the percentage of the eclipse you can see from your location, the weather forecast for the afternoon, and it also provides an interactive map showing the path of totality. (Smithsonian Website)

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    3) Eclipse Safari The Eclipse Safari uses the GPS receiver of the smartphone to locate you on earth. The Interactive Map of the app indicates whether you are on the path of totality.The app offers functions like Countdown Timer, Space.com Eclipse News, Interactive Eclipse Map, Eclipse Simulator that helps simulate the eclipse from your location or any location on the Earth, and a shadow tracker. Some other features that the app provides are live eclipse updates, eclipse viewing guide and of course the eclipse live stream. The app is available for iOS and Android. (Eclipse Safari)

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    4) Solar Eclipse by Redshift Solar Eclipse by Redshift (Android, iOS) provides a simulation of the solar eclipse from four different perspectives: a view from the sun, the best location, your current location and a map view. This simulation can help give you a better idea of what to look for during the solar eclipse and determine if you should make the trek to the path of totality. You can also tinker with an eclipse calendar that will play simulations of past and future eclipses. (Solar Eclipse by Redshift)

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    5) Total Solar Eclipse from Exploratorium The app provides five live streams of the eclipse. Confused? Let me explain. One would be with commentary from Exploratorium educators and NASA scientist, one would be hosted by Exploratorium educators in Spanish, two would be non-narrated telescope views from Oregon and Wyoming and the last option would be with live music from Kronos Quartet. (Exploratorium)

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