For the solar eclipse of 2016, composer Wayne Grim created a live musical composition based on data produced by the eclipse. Listen for formal elements inspired by the rotational and orbital periods of the Earth, moon, and sun.
For the solar eclipse of 2016, the Exploratorium visited the island of Woleai, in Micronesia, and trained multiple telescopes on the sun. Composer Wayne Grim created a live musical composition based on data from the telescopes.
On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will occur over North America, visible in a thin band stretching from Oregon to South Carolina. No matter where you are, you can experience the Exploratorium livestream.
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. En Español
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.
Total solar eclipses happen when the moon crosses between the sun and Earth, but Earth doesn't experience a total solar eclipse every month. Exploratorium Senior Scientist Paul Doherty explains why not.
Exploratorium physicist Paul Doherty illuminates the mysteries of the Earth's magnetosphere and related space weather and describes NASA's newly launched Magnetospheric Multiscale mission to study this region.
The Exploratorium sent a production crew to Woleai, Micronesia, to broadcast a solar eclipse live. To find a place to film, Executive Producer Robyn Higdon looked along the eclipse's path of totality and found the perfect spot.
Catch the excitement as the Exploratorium/NASA crew arrives at the atoll of Woleai to film the 2016 total solar eclipse. After a five-day journey via plane and boat, our team finally reaches their destination.
Once the Exploratorium crew arrived on Woleai to shoot the 2016 total solar eclipse, the first step was to find the perfect location for setting up telescopes and gear. This video gives you a quick feel for the atoll, its local culture, and our crew finding their spot on an abandoned WWII airstrip.
Need a tropical vacation, no matter where you are? Check out this awesome footage of the Woleai atoll from the air. The Exploratorium visited Woleai to broadcast a total solar eclipse in 2016—but you can enjoy it anytime.
Since 1998, Exploratorium crews have traveled all over the planet, bringing solar eclipses to worldwide audiences by live broadcast. See where this exciting program has been and where it's going in the future.