Chasing Eclipses with timeanddate.com
timeanddate.com captures breathtaking live images of solar and lunar eclipses worldwide using a mobile observatory.
Annular and Total Solar Eclipse in 2020
In 2020, our plans to travel to Oman to capture the annular solar eclipse on June 21 were thwarted by Covid-19 travel restrictions. Despite this, several partners on location helped us broadcast a spectacular live stream of the eclipse straight from our studio in Stavanger, Norway.
Three Eclipses and a Transit in 2019
- On November 11, 2019 we traveled to Ålesund, Norway, to capture Mercury moving across the Sun.
- In the night between July 16 and 17, 2019, we streamed the partial lunar eclipse from Šibenik, Croatia.
- A few weeks before that, we went to San José de Jáchal, Argentina, to capture the July 2, 2019 total solar eclipse.
- In January 2019, we traveled to Ouarzazate, Morocco, for the January 20 / 21, 2019 total lunar eclipse.
A Traveling Telescope
Although the setup of a mobile observatory is a lot simpler than one might think, there is quite an extensive list of items needed to make sure the images make it all the way to our viewers, including:
- a telescope or two,
- a camera to capture the telescope images,
- a couple of computers with the right software,
- networking equipment,
- a good internet connection,
- a huge number of cables and batteries, and,
- astronomy enthusiasts willing to travel across oceans.