Solar eclipse: On this coming Monday, the United States will witness its first total Solar Eclipse in 99 years. During this solar eclipse the sun, the moon and the earth will align perfectly and the moon will completely cover the sun. The solar eclipse is expected to travel across the United States from West to East at a rate of over 2,400 kilometers per hour. Unfortunately for those in India, the United States and some parts of Canada will be the only places where the eclipse can be seen. Fortunately for those of us living outside the United States, NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) and CNN (Cable News Network) will live stream the celestial event. Angela Des Jardins, who is heading NASA’s Eclipse Balloon Project, told CNN ”Total solar eclipse is rare and a solar eclipse has never been live-streamed before”.
Jardins also said that by live streaming the event millions of people will have access to the eclipse. She said ”People across the world will get a unique opportunity to experience the event.” Astronauts at the International Space Station (ISS) will also capture images of the rare phenomenon. Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, told newswire service AFP ”Never before have people viewed a celestial event from so many vantage points from space, air and the ground,” as per a CNN report.
You can watch
— NASA (@NASA) August 17, 2017
Where to watch
CNN will live stream the event on their website, mobile app and on their Facebook page. Former NASA Astronaut Mark Kelly and CNN’s Space and Science Correspondent Rachel Crane will host the show, according to an Indian Express report. NASA will live-stream the event online on NASA TV and on NASA EDGE.
The Solar eclipse will also be streamed live on the virtual reality (VR) with Samsung’s Gear VR and Oculus Rift.
When you can watch
The eclipse and the live stream will begin at 10:30 PM IST and will last for over two hours.