There's a total solar eclipse happening on August 21, 2017. Unfortunately, the Moon's unabashed Sun-blocking power will only be visible from the continental US and will only be visible in other countries as a partial eclipse. Fortunately, these streams mean you can enjoy the full extent of this celestial event from Australia.
As we've previously explained, Australia will not be treated to a total solar eclipse. It will only be visible from parts of North America, South America, Africa and Europe. With that said, the eclipse is going to be one of the most talked-about events of the year, so it pays to be educated. Here's how to watch it live from your laptop.
Numerous organisations, including NASA, will be livestreaming the eclipse online. Below is a list of some of the main websites and apps you can use to stream this once-in-a-century astronomical sight. Just be sure you have Bonnie Tyler queued up and ready to go. (Note: Some of these may require a VPN due to geo restrictions.)
- Desktop: NASA TV Livestream Megacast (includes video from space, high-altitude balloons, and aircraft)
- All Platforms: NASA TV YouTube
- Desktop: NASA EDGE telescope views (toggle between 5 views)
- Desktop: Eclipse.Stream.Live (a.k.a. The Eclipse Ballooning Project, featuring footage captured by 100 high-altitude balloons from 55 teams of US students)
- Desktop: Astronomy.com
- Desktop: San Francisco Exploratorium website
- iOS: Total Solar Eclipse app (from the San Francisco Exploratorium)
- Android: Total Solar Eclipse app (from the San Francisco Exploratorium)
- All Platforms: Time and Date Livestream (in collaboration w/ Slooh)
- Virtual Reality: If you have the Samsung Gear VR app, Google Daydream VR app, or CNN VR app, you can watch CNN VR's livecast of the eclipse in VR
- Desktop: Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee (watch how the elephants react)