Here's How to Livestream Today's Total Solar Eclipse

Joshua Hicks, iStock / Getty Images Plus
Joshua Hicks, iStock / Getty Images Plus

The last total solar eclipse stretched over the U.S. on August 21, 2017, and many people in America were lucky enough to see it from their backyards. The next total solar eclipse—which is happening today, July 2, 2019—is set to occur over parts of Chile and Argentina (including the Buenos Aires metro area) and the South Pacific Ocean, but that doesn't mean you have to catch a plane to South America to see it. As Engadget reports, NASA is broadcasting a livestream of the event online.

Streaming video from telescopes in Vicuna, Chile, will air today starting at 3 p.m. Eastern Time and last until 6 p.m. At 4 p.m. EDT, NASA will stream two one-hour programs with live commentary of the eclipse—one in English and one in Spanish. Viewers interested in catching totality, the brief period when the Moon fully blocks out the Sun, should tune in to the stream from 4:38 p.m. to 4:44 p.m.

Peak totality of this eclipse will last approximately four minutes and 33 seconds, pushing it over the length of totality of 2017's Great American Eclipse. This part of the eclipse will occur over the ocean, so not many people will get to experience it in person, but web users in any part of the world can stream it below.

NASA Live's eclipse livestream is a collaboration with the Exploratorium, an interactive science museum in San Francisco. Other live events the space agency plans to stream this month include the launch of the Soyuz spacecraft on July 20 and the liftoff of the SpaceX CRS-18 on July 21.

[h/t Engadget]

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
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If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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How to See August’s Full Sturgeon Moon

It'd be pure lunacy to skip an opportunity to see this beauty.
It'd be pure lunacy to skip an opportunity to see this beauty.
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This summer has been an especially exciting time for avid sky-gazers—the NEOWISE comet flew close to Earth in mid-July, and the ongoing Perseid meteor shower is gearing up for its peak around August 11. Though full moons aren’t quite as rare, the sight of a glowing white orb illuminating the night is still worth a glance out your window.

When Is August’s Full Moon?

As The Old Farmer’s Almanac reports, the eighth full moon of 2020 will reach its peak at 11:59 a.m. EST on Monday, August 3. If that’s daytime where you live, you’ll have to wait for the sun to set that night, or you can catch it the night before—Sunday, August 2.

Why Is It Called a Sturgeon Moon?

Each month’s full moon has a nickname (or multiple nicknames), usually of folk origin, that coincides with certain plant, animal, or weather activity common at that time of year. January’s full moon, for example, was named the “wolf moon” because wolves were said to howl more often during January. June’s “strawberry moon” occurred when strawberries were ripe and ready to be picked.

Since people caught an abundance of sturgeon—a large freshwater fish that’s been around since the Mesozoic era—in the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain during this part of summer, they started calling August’s full moon the sturgeon moon. It has a few lesser-known monikers, too, including the “full green corn moon” (a nod to the approaching harvest season), and the slightly wordy “moon when all things ripen.”

[h/t The Old Farmer’s Almanac]