Chasing Eclipses with timeanddate
timeanddate.com captures breathtaking live images of solar and lunar eclipses worldwide using a mobile observatory.
On the Road Again in 2023
This year, we’re planning to dispatch our mobile observatory to two far-away destinations to bring you spectacular live eclipse images:
- To kick off the year’s first eclipse season, we’ll travel to Exmouth, Western Australia, to cover the total solar eclipse on April 20.
- For the annular solar eclipse on October 14, our team will return to Roswell, New Mexico—the same location we visited in 2022 to film a 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 around the world, 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.
Chasing Eclipses Since 2016
Each eclipse can only be seen from certain locations, so filming them can mean just setting up our telescopes on the roof of our headquarters in Norway, a short road trip to chase a patch of blue sky—or traveling to the other side of the globe. Past trips include:
2022: Morocco, Northern Norway, New Mexico
For the partial solar eclipse in October, we dispatched our mobile observatory to the northern edge of Norway. Two weeks later, our team flew to Roswell, New Mexico, to cover the November lunar eclipse—although we ended up in Tucson, Arizona, due to bad weather in Roswell.
Lunar Eclipse in November 2021
We streamed the almost total lunar eclipse on November 18–19, 2021. Covid restrictions kept us from traveling to North America with our mobile observatory, but with the help of our stellar (or lunar, you might say) streaming partners, we still streamed it LIVE.
Lunar and Solar Eclipses in May and June 2021
Covid restrictions kept our mobile observatories within Norway’s borders for the annular solar eclipse on June 10, 2021. After monitoring the weather and deciding at the last minute where to travel, we ended up with one observatory going to Kautokeino and one to Oslo. See the eclipsed Sun in our annular solar eclipse show.
Unfortunately, the pandemic completely blocked our plans to take the mobile observatory on the road for the total lunar eclipse on May 26. Luckily, with the help of our trusty streaming partners, we streamed the eclipse LIVE. See the Blood Moon in the total lunar eclipse show.
Eclipses in November and December 2020
Covid-19 travel restrictions stopped our plan to take the mobile observatory to Argentina for the total solar eclipse on December 14, 2020. We still streamed the total solar eclipse with our streaming partners’ help.
Annular Solar Eclipse 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.
- During 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.
Lunar Eclipse in Greece 2018
Bonus Track: Mercury Transit in 2016
For our very first live stream—the transit of Mercury in 2016—we simply put an amateur telescope on the balcony outside our offices.