The Exploratorium, a hands-on museum of science, art, and human perception in San Francisco, California, brings you live images of the sun during the total solar eclipses occurring on July 2, 2019 and December 14, 2020. On July 2, 2019, our team will aim telescopes at the eclipse from the National Science Foundation’s Cerro Tololo Observatory in Chile to capture the event and livestream it to the world via our 2018 Webby Award-winning app
his free app allows you to view three simultaneous video streams: 1) LIVE coverage hosted by Exploratorium educators and NASA scientists, 2) LIVE coverage in Spanish hosted by Exploratorium educators, and 3) a non-narrated, two and a half hour live telescope view of the full eclipse.
• Explore the path of totality of the 2019 eclipse and the 2020 eclipse with interactive maps and see the level of total eclipse you can observe from your location.
• Share livestream and past expedition videos.
• Follow the conversation on Twitter using #eclipse2019, #eclipse2020, #solareclipse, and #totalsolareclipse in the app’s Twitter View and share your tweets about the eclipse.
• Watch and share videos that explain what an eclipse is and how to view an eclipse safely
Watch and share videos and explore maps from past Exploratorium eclipse expeditions including the 2017 eclipse that crossed the U.S.A. and the 2016 solar eclipse from Micronesia.
• Receive notifications about the eclipse.
When to Watch
The app displays viewing times for each live stream adjusted to your device’s time zone. Live stream start times in PDT / EDT / UTC are:
Live Coverage of the Eclipse / Cobertura en vivo en español
We strongly recommend enabling WiFi on your device when viewing videos. Streaming videos can consume a large amount of data transfer, so please keep that in mind to avoid data overage charges from your mobile carrier. Under Mobile Network Data Usage on the Settings screen, choose “Play video only when connected to WiFi” to allow video play while on WiFi only.
This app requires the following permissions:
Internet Access to access all app content
WiFi Network to determine if you’re connected to a WiFi network
Location to map your location on the eclipse path
Notification to send you updates about eclipse livestream viewing
Calendar to add an event to your calendar about eclipse livestreams
The eclipse livestream and app is made possible through a generous grant from NASA. This material is based upon work supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration under Grant No. NNX16AB96A issued through the Science Education Mission Directorate. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.