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