It's finally happening. The total solar eclipse that hasn't happened in the US since 1979, and won't happen again from coast to coast until 2045. But if you can't see it in person, don't sweat it. Gizmodo has got you covered.
The total solar eclipse started around 10AM Pacific time (3AM AEST) and ends on the US east coast around 3PM PT (8AM AEST), with a partial eclipse on either end of that. The eclipse itself lasts less than three minutes from any vantage point, but even if you aren't one of the millions of people expected to flock to the path of totality to view it in person, you can still watch online thanks to this glorious invention called the internet.
Below we have livestreams on everything from YouTube to Facebook to virtual reality. Some of the streams even include a 360 degree feature that lets you swivel your head like you're really there. So don't despair. Watching online also allows you to avoid permanent eye damage. Not to mention the fact that it lets you avoid having to be near other humans.
There are plenty of different ways to watch the total solar eclipse on YouTube:
- PBS Newshour has a recorded livestream of the solar eclipse on YouTube.
- NBC News has a recorded livestream of the solar eclipse on YouTube.
Time magazine also had a special 360 degree recorded livestream on YouTube from Casper, Wyoming that allows you to click and drag.
- Gizmodo US has a livestream on our Facebook.
- NASA is streaming the solar eclipse on its Facebook page.
- CNN is also livestreaming on Facebook.
Twitter is partnering with The Weather Channel to provide a livestream of the solar eclipse. Twitter has live shots from 10 different locations as it moves across the US.
CNN also had a virtual reality option that you could find on its website, though it has since concluded. If you have a VR headset, or even if you don't, there were different ways to watch in "virtual reality" over at CNN. They will be uploading the best moments of the eclipse later this week.
And if you're in the US and watching live, you've no doubt heard the warnings. But they're worth repeating. Don't stare at the solar eclipse directly. It will cause permanent damage to your eyes, and it's no joke.