The Exploratorium’s 2017 Total Solar Eclipse coverage and mobile app won awards chosen by panels of experts and by the general public.
SAN FRANCISCO (April 27, 2018) – The Webby Awards committee announced last Tuesday that the Exploratorium earned four awards in two categories for its coverage of the 2017 total solar eclipse and its corresponding app, Total Solar Eclipse. Called “the internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, the Webby Awards are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS).
The Exploratorium won for Best Film & Video: Events & Live Streams, and for Best Mobile Sites & Apps: Events; in both categories, the Exploratorium won both the People’s Voice Award and the award chosen by a panel of internet experts. The live stream and app comprised part of the Exploratorium’s large-scale education initiative, supported by NASA, around the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017.
“We’re so honored to have won four Webby Awards for our work on the 2017 total solar eclipse,” said Robyn Higdon, Director of Museum Experience at the Exploratorium. “The Total Eclipse live stream and Total Solar Eclipse app were institution-wide endeavors. It’s great to be acknowledged for doing what the Exploratorium does best, which is to engage communities and to get people excited about learning and understanding the world around them. We are incredibly proud that the Webby Awards panel and general public recognized our work, and we’re excited for the next chance we have to work with NASA!”
The live stream reached over 63 million people and the app was downloaded 228,000 times and used for 591,000 individual sessions on the day of the eclipse. The app, which included information about the eclipse and safe viewing techniques, allowed users to view the eclipse live from their phones and tablets. It also provided streaming access to the Exploratorium’s 5 live streams: original Spanish and English language coverage, telescope feeds from Wyoming and Oregon, and the Kronos Quartet’s real-time performance in collaboration with sonified data from the eclipse.
ABOUT THE TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE APP
Explore Total Solar Eclipse, our first mobile app that incorporates live streaming. This free app gives you access to replays of the total solar eclipse that crossed from the west to east coasts of the United States on August 21, 2017.
View these videos and more:
• Live coverage hosted by Exploratorium educators and NASA scientists
• Live coverage in Spanish hosted by Exploratorium educators
• Non-narrated 3-hour live telescope view of the full eclipse as seen from Oregon
• Non-narrated 3-hour live telescope view of the full eclipse as seen from Wyoming
• Live telescope view with live musical sonification and accompaniment by the Kronos Quartet
Watching an eclipse with a group can enhance the experience as you observe shared reactions, questions, and comments. To help you connect to other observers, we’ve created a live Twitter view, where you can follow the conversation and tweet as you watch the eclipse live on the app. #eclipse2017, #solareclipse, #totalsolareclipse
ABOUT THE TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE LIVE STREAM
On August 21, 2017, beginning at 10:15 a.m. PDT, a total solar eclipse swept across the United States. The glorious sight of the fully eclipsed Sun was visible along a 70-mile-wide path arching from Oregon to South Carolina. Millions of people traveled to this “path of totality” to watch as the moon entirely covered the face of the Sun.
People not in the path experienced a partial eclipse. For those who couldn't make it to the path, the Exploratorium, along with our NASA partners, filmed the event from two different locations and shared it with the world by live stream.
ABOUT THE WEBBY AWARDS
Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international awards organization honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, Film & Video, Advertising, Media & PR, Mobile Sites & Apps, Social, Podcasts & Digital Audio, and Games. Established in 1996, The Webby Awards received more than 13,000 entries from all 50 states and 70 countries worldwide this year. The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS). Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: YouTube, HBO, WP Engine, Vitamin T, EY, YouGov, PUBLIC, The Hollywood Reporter, WNYC Studios, Digiday, Glixel, Product Hunt, and Social Media Week.