2016 Eclipse

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:


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

No need to actually go to the Exploratorium unless you want to for a nice day at the museum.


Live Program: 5:00–6:00 p.m. PST (1:00–2:00 a.m. UTC)

Telescope-Only Feed: 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)


The 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 world.

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.

Since 1998, 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.

In 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.

We’re also planning a third feed, a shorter version of the telescope-only feed with live Spanish narration provided by Exploratorium scientist Dr. Isabel Hawkins.

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.

For press inquiries, please contact our press office: Shannon Elliot,seliot@exploratorium.edu

Maria Zilberman, mzilberman@exploratorium.edu

For social media inquiries, please contact our social media coordinator: Emma Bailey,ebailey@exploratorium.edu

For general info about live viewing or the project, please contact the project team:

Nicole Minor, nminor@exploratorium.edu

Amaris Blackmore, ablackmore@exploratorium.edu

For up-to-date information on webcast times and access methods, see our website: