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See the highlights of totality from the total solar eclipse of March 8/9 2016! The Exploratorium and NASA went to Woleai, a tiny atoll in the Federated States of Micronesia, where we broadcast the eclipse live. Totality began at 11:38 a.m. on March 9 in Woleai, Micronesia, which was 5:38 p.m. on March 8 in San Francisco. This hands-on science video explains Einsteins light-bending concept using nothing more than a wine glass and an LED light representing a star. Learn how to cast images of the sun using nothing more than a piece of paper and your hands! Dr. Paul Doherty will give you a demonstration on how the sun can burn a hole in your retina if you don't take the proper procausions when viewing a Solar Eclipse. Remember: Never look directly at the sun, even during a Partial Eclipse!
To learn more about eclipses and safe viewing techniques, check out the various articles and videos on our Eclipse website.
http://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse/ The Exploratorium has been bringing solar eclipses to world-wide audiences via live broadcasts since 1998. We'll be on site again to capture the 2016 Total Solar Eclipse from the remote Micronesian island of Woleai.
Join us live from Micronesia on March 8, 2016 at 5 p.m. PST either online or at the Exploratoriums free event!
Well also be broadcasting the 2017 eclipse; Stay tuned for more details!
On March 8, 2016, 5pm PST the Exploratorium will present a live webcast of the total solar eclipse in Micronesia. Join us here online or in person at the Exploratorium.
Whether you want to call it a Blood Moon, Harvest Moon or a Supermoon ...the rare total Lunar Eclipse happening on September 27th hasn't happened in 32 years, and won't happen again for another 18 years.
If you are on the west coast the eclipse will begin at 7:11 p.m. PDT Sunday
evening and will last one hour and 12 minutes.
On February 26, 1998, a total solar eclipse darkened skies in a swath stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic, across the Caribbean. From the island of Aruba, an Exploratorium team presented a live Webcast of this celestial event.
At the time, Webcasting technology was in its infancy, and this first live Webcast ever of a solar eclipse broke existing records for the number of viewers. Watch the archived Webcast here, or just click on the images below for still photos of eclipse highlights. Cities are known to produce a lot of light pollution, making it a challenge for astronomy enthusiasts to view the heavens within city limits. For us in the SF Bay Area, these issues apply, however, exciting results can still be attained between sky gazing and learning about how we all fit into this big thing we call "space".
Urban Astronomer Paul Salazar, The Exploratorium's very own Adam Esposito and more demonstrate how to deal with the parameters and the unforgettable experiences that await with simple to no equipment, the right conditions, and some decent timing. Join Exploratorium scientists Paul Doherty and Isabel Hawkins for a live webcast as they share information about the Rosetta Mission, which is due to be "woken up" on January 20th, 2014. Rosetta is a spacecraft en route to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, where it will make the most detailed study of a comet ever attempted.