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Chasing Eclipses with timeanddate.com

timeanddate.com captures breathtaking live images of solar and lunar eclipses, and planetary transits worldwide using a mobile observatory.

Telescopes set up to pint at the Sun to capture a total solar eclipse.

The mobile observatory during a solar eclipse.

Adalbert Michelic setting up the telescopes of timeanddate.com's mobile observatory for the total solar eclipse in Argentina on July 2, 2019.

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In 2019, timeanddate.com's mobile observatory is back on the road.

Two Eclipses in July

In the night between July 16 and 17, 2019 we LIVE 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.

First Time in 2018

We first took timeanddate.com's mobile observatory on the road in 2018, capturing the July 27, 2018 total lunar eclipse from Santorini, Greece. The next location was Ouarzazate, Morocco for the January 20 / 21, 2019 total lunar eclipse.

A Traveling Telescope

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The mobile observatory during a lunar eclipse.
A simple setup: Eivind Kjørstad working the telescope and computers of timeanddate.com's mobile observatory in during the total lunar eclipse on January 20-21, 2019 in Ouarzazate, Morocco.
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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.
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