2016 March 8 Total Solar Eclipse in Micronesia
NASA to Provide Live Coverage, Interviews,
and Social Media for March 8 Solar Eclipse
See NASA Press Release: https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-to-provide-live-coverage-interviews-and-social-media-for-march-8-solar-eclipse
Exploratorium Live Webcast
Tues. 3/8/2016 5PM-6PM, Totality 5:38PM San Francisco Time.
TOTALITY (4 minutes and 5 seconds)
Live Webcast by the Exploratorium: Total Solar Eclipse Live from Micronesia
to actually go to the Exploratorium unless you want to for a nice day
at the museum.
Program: 5:00–6:00 p.m. PST (1:00–2:00 a.m. UTC)
4:00–7:00 p.m. PST (12:00–3:00 a.m. UTC) on Tues. 3/8 for San Francisco.
For the Micronesian island of Woleai where the Exploratorium Webcast team will be set up,
the eclipse time is March 9, 2016, 11:38 AM (local time) and 1:38 a.m(Universal Time or UTC)
Exploratorium in San Francisco is collaborating with NASA and the
National Science Foundation to produce a live broadcast of the total
solar eclipse from the Federated States of Micronesia on March 8/9,
2016. The fully eclipsed sun will be visible from only a few Pacific
islands, but our live broadcast will make this amazing phenomenon
available to hundreds of countries and millions of people around the
The “path of totality” for an eclipse is the area on earth
where people can see the moon fully covering the surface of the sun. It
is only 100 miles wide and moves in a curved path across the globe. The
2016 eclipse will be visible for a short time at sunrise in Indonesia;
then the path will cross the Pacific Ocean and make landfall at only a
few atolls, including Woleai and Ifalik. With this remote, oceanic path,
few people will see the 2016 eclipse live, but the Exploratorium is
sending a team to Woleai to film and broadcast the event. Educators,
students, and the general public will have access to a live program
through the Internet, mobile phones, and television.
the Exploratorium has produced five highly successful live eclipse
programs that reached an international audience of millions through the
Internet, NASA-TV, and other media outlets. Our broadcast feeds have
been shown in more than 100 NASA Learning Centers and in science museums
around the globe. Each broadcast has surpassed the reach of the
previous one, and we anticipate that Total Solar Eclipse: Live from
Micronesia will break all prior records.
The Exploratorium will
produce a one-hour program that includes information about the eclipse
and safe viewing techniques, and explores the Micronesian island we’re
broadcasting from. It will feature stunning live eclipse imagery from
four telescopes (1/4 disc and full-disc in white light and with H-Alpha
filters).’The program will explore the science of the sun, using
amazing, high-definition images and video from NASA satellites such as
the SDO and STEREO missions. It will highlight NASA’s new MMS mission, a multi-satellite endeavor to measure the magnetosphere that connects the earth and the sun.
addition to the hour-long program, we will produce a second feed with
telescope imagery of the entire eclipse, just over three hours, without
any commentary. This will allow news stations and museums to conduct
their own educational programs in whatever way best suits them.
also planning a third feed, a shorter version of the telescope-only
feed with live Spanish narration provided by Exploratorium scientist Dr.
The Exploratorium’s website and social media
channels will provide eclipse information and dispatches from the
broadcast team leading up to the event, allowing audiences to explore
eclipse and solar topics through articles, online exhibits, and links to
related content such as our Polynesian Navigation website. After the
event, the website will carry an archived summary—and will begin
preparations for Eclipse 2017, whose path of totality will pass over
North America and be visible to millions.
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For up-to-date information on webcast times and access methods, see our website: