Live Solar Eclipse 2012 Free Streaming Web Links & Webcasts TV Channels
Watching the Solar Eclipse 2012 Live via a webcast isn’t a sure thing. The skies might be clouded over at the camera location. There could be technical difficulties. And even if everything works, the webcast could freeze up if the video server becomes overwhelmed with traffic.
Here are a few of the web links for Sunday May 20 Solar eclipse Live Streaming webcasts over a laptop/computer screen or smartphone:
- Slooh Space Camera: The Slooh website has organized a series of Live Webcasts from Japan, California, Arizona and New Mexico, accompanied by commentary from Astronomy Magazine columnist Bob Berman and Lucie Green, a BBC commentator and solar researcher at University College London’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory. The show gets started at 5:30 p.m. ET Sunday, when the eclipse will be just getting good in Japan. Prime time for the webcasts from the American West will kick in around 8 p.m. ET.
- Eclipse Live from Fujiyama: Panasonic set a solar-powered Live Webcast from high atop Japan’s Mount Fuji, which is inside the track of annularity. The team will charge up batteries from an array of electricity-generating solar cells at a base camp, then carry the batteries up to the camera site. Video coverage via Ustream is due to start up at 5 p.m. ET.
- Hong Kong Observatory: The webcast from Hong Kong is due to begin at 5:41 p.m. ET.
- Live-Eclipse: Japanese eclipse-chasers plan to be webcasting via Ustream at 6 p.m. ET.
- More from YokosoNews: This page from the Japanese news site lists lots of webcasts, generally beginning at 5 p.m. ET or later.
- More from Ustream: Do a search on “eclipse” and you’ll find all sorts of Ustream goodies, from 5 p.m. ET onward. One user is promising a video stream from the northern tip of Taiwan starting at 4:50 p.m. ET.
- AstroBob’s viewing guide: Duluth photographer Bob King provides a vivid guide to the phases of an annular eclipse and also links to AstronomyLive.com as a potential source of webcasts.
- University of North Dakota: UND’s SEMS (Sun Earth Moon Systems) team is organizing an eclipse webcast from Shasta College in Redding, Calif. The streaming is due to begin at 8 p.m. ET, and there’s a chat window that lets you compare notes with other eclipse fans. The UND team has been doing eclipse webcasts since 2004, so they’ve built up a loyal following over the years.
- Scotty’s Sky: Skywatcher Scotty Degenhardt is promising an unconventional webcast of the annular eclipse via his iPhone from Area 51’s “Black Mailbox,” a popular gathering place for UFO fans in the Nevada desert. The show is set to start at 8:10 p.m. ET.
- Exploratorium in Second Life: Speaking of “unconventional” … San Francisco’s Exploratorium science center is planning to provide information about the eclipse in the Second Life virtual world. If you’re a Second Life resident, set a course for Exploratorium Island.