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Since 1998, the Exploratorium has brought live coverage of total eclipses to audiences worldwide. Watch our archived webcasts of these awe-inspiring events.


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Solar Eclipse:  2016 Sonification (Clip)
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03:00:00
For the solar eclipse of 2016, the Exploratorium was on the island of Woleai, in Micronesia, with multiple telescopes trained on the sun. These telescopes were connected to a laptop holding custom-made software that looks at the movement of the moon and the brightness of the sun. Composer Wayne Grim used this software to create a live composition based on the data. The musical composition uses rotational and orbital periods of the Earth, moon, and sun as formal elements.

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Date: March 31, 2016
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science

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Solar Eclipse:  2016 Sonification Excerpt (Clip)
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00:12:06
For the solar eclipse of 2016, the Exploratorium was on the island of Woleai, in Micronesia, with multiple telescopes trained on the sun. These telescopes were connected to a laptop holding custom-made software that looks at the movement of the moon and the brightness of the sun. Composer Wayne Grim used this software to create a live composition based on the data. The musical composition uses rotational and orbital periods of the Earth, moon, and sun as formal elements. Here is an excerpt from the 3 hour piece.

Project: Solar Eclipse: Stories from the Path of Totality | Browse All

Date: March 17, 2016
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science

Keywords: sonification


Solar Eclipse:  2016 Live from Micronesia Totality Highlights (Clip)
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00:05:06
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.

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Date: March 14, 2016
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Astronomy

Keywords: eclipse 2016, total solar eclipse 2016, nasa, nsf, micronesa, totality, corona, sun, moon, earth, diamond ring, baily's beads


Solar Eclipse:  Einstein’s Light-Bending Concept (Clip)
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00:01:45
This hands-on science video explains Einstein’s light-bending concept using nothing more than a wine glass and an LED light representing a star.

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Date: March 1, 2016
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science

Keywords: total solar eclipse, space, sun, einstein, stars, sun, moon, eclipse


Solar Eclipse:  Earth-Sun-Moon Scale Model (Clip)
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00:01:24
In this video, Exploratorium Senior Scientist Paul Doherty explains why you rarely see a true scale model of the Earth, sun, and moon. Understanding the true scale of the solar system helps us appreciate the rarity of total solar eclipses: it’s unusual when objects at such distances line up perfectly.

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Date: February 25, 2016
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science

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Solar Eclipse:  ¿Qué es un eclipse solar? (Clip)
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00:03:58
Únete a la astrónoma del Exploratorium Isabel Hawkins quien junto a la educadora del Exploratorium Liliana Blanco explican los movimientos de los astros durante un eclipse total de sol. A través de demostraciones, ellas muestran cómo la luna, el sol y la Tierra se alinean para crear la coincidencia cósmica que llamamos un eclipse total de sol.

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Date: February 25, 2016
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics, General Science, Astronomy/Space Science

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Solar Eclipse:  Why Don't We Have an Eclipse Every Month? (Clip)
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00:01:54
In this video, Exploratorium Senior Scientist Paul Doherty explains why we don't have a total solar eclipse every month. A total solar eclipse happens when the moon crosses between the sun and Earth and casts its shadow onto our planet. But the orbit of the moon is tilted relative to the orbit of the Earth around the sun, so the moon often passes below or above Earth. At those times, it does not cross the line between the sun and the Earth, and therefore does not create a solar eclipse. There are just two times a year in the Earth's orbit when there is a possibility of a total solar eclipse.

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Date: February 24, 2016
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science

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Solar Eclipse:  What is a Solar Eclipse? (Clip)
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00:03:45
Join Exploratorium astronomer Isabel Hawkins, and Exploratorium educator Liliana Blanco as they explain the celestial mechanics of a total solar eclipse. Through demonstrations, they show how the moon, sun, and Earth align to create the cosmic coincidence that we see as a total solar eclipse.

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Date: February 23, 2016
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics, General Science, Astronomy/Space Science

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Solar Eclipse:  Why Woleai? (Clip)
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00:02:25
The Exploratorium is sending a production crew thousands of miles by plane and by boat to Woleai, Micronesia, to broadcast a solar eclipse live to the world. Many factors went into choosing a destination for the broadcast. Executive Producer Robyn Higdon looked along the path of totality for this eclipse, which will start in Indonesia and sweep across the Pacific Ocean, to find a location with good weather predictions and solid land for setting up the telescopes. The Woleai Atoll in Micronesia was the perfect choice. Tune in on March 8th at 5:00 p.m. PST to watch the live broadcast!

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Date: February 22, 2016
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science

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Solar Eclipse:  Hands-On Safe Viewing Techniques (Clip)
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00:00:42
Learn how to cast images of the sun using nothing more than a piece of paper and your hands!

Project: Solar Eclipse: Stories from the Path of Totality | Browse All

Date: February 12, 2016
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science

Keywords: eclipse, sun, diy, hands-on learning, activity, solar viewer


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