Chasing Eclipses with timeanddate.com
timeanddate.com captures breathtaking live images of solar and lunar eclipses worldwide using a mobile observatory.
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 to decide 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 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.
- 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.
Lunar Eclipse in Greece 2018
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.