Whether cloudy skies or airfare prevent you from seeing the total solar eclipse on July 2nd, you can still see totality via one of the multiple webcasts we compile here.
There's nothing like seeing a total solar eclipse in person. It's a full sensory experience, from the chill in the air to the sounds (or sudden quiet) of animals reacting to unexpected darkness. Even normal daylight takes on a silvery quality as the eclipse progresses. Then there's the experience of totality itself — witnessing the black hole that appears where the Sun ought to be, surrounded by its white halo that's normally hidden from view.
But we can't all be so lucky, at least not every time. The total solar eclipse on July 2, 2019, will pass over the South Pacific, Chile, and Argentina — a long way to go if you're not from that part of the world. Fortunately, the internet's got our respective backs: There are multiple livestreams offering views of totality. Here's a selection that ought to offer quality views.
Live Feeds of Totality on July 2, 2019
- The Exploratorium in San Francisco is offering a live stream of the eclipse from the Cerro Tololo Observatory in Chile from 3:23 p.m. until 5:46 p.m. EDT. Experience totality from the museum's website, the free iOS and Android apps, or come to the museum to see the big-screen broadcast. In addition to other eclipse programming, the Exploratorium will feature data-driven sonification of live telescope images by composer Wayne Grim.
- La Silla Observatory will host a live feed through three small telescopes, including occasional views of spectators at the observatory. This feed will not include commentary.
- NASA is partnering with Exploratorium to carry out its own livestream of the eclipse, offering the same views as Exploratorium while also giving updates on the Parker Solar Probe and Magnetospheric Multiscale missions. NASA will have three different livestreams available: Live telescope views without audio from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. EDT, an English-language program from 4 to 5 p.m., and a Spanish-language program, also from 4 to 5 p.m. The English-language program will also be available on NASA TV.
- Slooh Observatory is presenting a live viewing of the event from on their website, between 3:15 p.m. and 5:50 p.m. EDT. They will also host the event on their Facebook page.
- An additional Spanish-language webcast will be available via SKY Live TV.
- TimeandDate.com will host a webcast on its website.