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Chasing Eclipses with timeanddate.com

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

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

Adalbert Michelic with the mobile observatory in San José de Jáchal, Argentina

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We first took timeanddate.com's mobile observatory on the road in 2018, capturing the July 27, 2018 total lunar eclipse from Santorini, Greece.

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.

We are still hoping to take the mobile observatory to Argentina for the total solar eclipse on December 14, 2020.

Three Eclipses and a Transit in 2019

In 2019, timeanddate.com's mobile observatory was on the road for a total lunar eclipse, a total solar eclipse, a partial lunar eclipse, and a transit of Mercury.

timeanddate.com's mobile observatory.

Eivind Kjørstad working the telescope and computers of timeanddate.com's mobile observatory in Ouarzazate, Morocco.

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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.