2014 Solar Eclipse: Where to Watch April 29 Event Online
By Jenalyn Villamarin | April 29, 2014 3:23 PM EST
On Tuesday afternoon, April 29, the 2014 Solar Eclipse will be visible as a partial eclipse to the observers in Australia where they can see the Moon covering about 65% of the Sun's disk without weather disturbances. Viewers who opt to experience the solar eclipse via live Webcasts will be able to do so with the two online sky watching groups.
According to the Mother Nature Network report, the Slooh community telescope and the Virtual Telescope Project will be providing viewers with the live Webcasts of the solar eclipse from Australia starting at 2 a.m. EDT (0600 GMT).
"This is a thoroughly bizarre eclipse. When Slooh brings its live feeds from Australia, and we watch in real time as the inky black hemisphere of the moon partially obscures the sun, the greatest thrill might be an awareness of what's occurring - unseen by any human - in a tiny region of Antarctica," Slooh astronomer Bob Berman declared in a released statement.
Geoff Fox and Observatory Director Paul Cox will be leading the Slooh Webcast with featured guest expert Dr. Lucie Green, a BBC contributor and solar researcher at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UCL's Department of Space and Climate Physics. Viewers can head to Slooh.com to watch the live Webcast or download the Slooh iPad app and post questions with the use of #Slooh.
As for the Virtual Telescope Project Webcast, astrophysicist Gianluca Masi in Ceccano, Italy leads the Webcast that will be providing the views of the solar eclipse. A team of astrophotographers located across Australia will be helping in viewing the solar eclipse during the live Webcast.
The Gizmodo Australia report further added that NASA.tv will allow viewers to watch the solar eclipse Webcasts coming from different locations. "The website and live-streams will be updated closer to the time of the eclipse tomorrow afternoon," the report noted.
Additionally, an interactive Google map has been created, courtesy of amateur French astronomer Xavier Jubier, which can be helpful to some eclipse chasers by showing how the solar eclipse will look in the different parts of Australia. In Melbourne and Sydney, the solar eclipse will start at 3:58 pm local time and 4:13 pm respectively with the Sun setting before the event ends.
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