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Monday, 21 August 2017

Total Solar Eclipse 2017: 5 apps to watch the Eclipse today


Total Solar Eclipse 2017: 5 apps to watch the eclipse Today

The total solar eclipse 2017 is fast approaching. August 21 marks the first total solar eclipse in the US in 38 years. The last one occurred on February 26, 1979. Today, the moon will cross paths with the sun, causing a total solar eclipse for part of the US. The path of totality spans about 70 miles (113 kilometers) and will pass through 14 states. While people in the US already gearing up for the D-Day, you can also watch the eclipse sitting right at your home.

Your smartphone is the handiest thing you carry everyday. And guess what, it will turn out to be an essential toolkit to watch the eclipse. We have put together a list of five apps – available both on Android and iOS – that will help you plan for and view the solar eclipse.
It goes without saying that NASA is one organization, which is gearing up for today’s eclipse. While NASA’s website already has a section dedicated to the upcoming eclipse; the app more convenient. The app has a different section containing videos, images, tweets, and news that is updated constantly with the latest information and research piece that the scientists have come up with. Here you will find activities, events, broadcasts, and resources from NASA. Also, on typing appropriate keyword in the search box (in this case eclipse), the NASA app drops down the total number of images, videos, tweets and articles they have on that particular topic. Take a look at the screenshot below.


If you’re not near the path of totality, you may still be able to view a partial solar eclipse from your location. But 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. On this interactive map, you can tap around to drop a pin, and see the event calendar for the eclipse for that location.



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