We here during Space.com are operative tough to keep a readers sensitive about a Aug. 21, 2017 sum solar eclipse. It’s with that thought in mind that we motionless to partner with Simulation Curriculum — a creators of a extraordinary astronomy and skywatching mobile app SkySafari — on their new sum solar obscure mobile app, Eclipse Safari.
The Aug. 21 sum solar obscure will cranky a continental U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina; a prejudiced obscure will be manifest from many of North America. Wherever we are, Eclipse Safari can assistance we make a many of this skywatching eventuality by vouchsafing we know accurately when a obscure will start in your location, how prolonged it will final and when it will end.
Eclipse Safari also provides users with ubiquitous obscure information and viewing-safety discipline from Space.com. But what unequivocally sets a app detached is that it frequently updates with a list of obscure articles from Space.com and from around a web. The giveaway app is available for Apple and Android, and we can perspective it on a web. [The Best ISO-Certified Gear to See a 2017 Solar Eclipse]
“Eclipse Safari offers a unequivocally good multiple of good content, timely news articles and an interactive map that allows we to find a best plcae nearby we to perspective a obscure for a best experience,” Pedro Braganca, executive of preparation and calm for Simulation Curriculum, told Space.com. “The primary concentration of a app is to keep we adult to date with all a latest obscure news and events. So any time we login, there is always something new to learn about.”
The app is stoical of 7 categorical features:
― The interactive obscure map.
― An present list of eclipse-related articles from Space.com.
― A countdown time imprinting time until a start of a eclipse.
― An obscure information beam and safe-viewing instructions.
― A unnatural perspective of how a obscure will demeanour in a sky from any given plcae and a unnatural perspective of how a obscure will demeanour from space.
― In-app updates from a Space.com chatter feed, featuring obscure coverage from around a web, as good as a couple permitting users to watch NASA’s live obscure webcast on a day of a eclipse.
― A territory where users can enter to win obscure prizes, including eclipse-viewing glasses, telescopes and binoculars.
Timing is everything
During a sum solar eclipse, when a moon totally blocks a hoop of a sun, viewers are plunged into dark and are treated to an extraordinary steer as a violent layers of a sun’s atmosphere turn visible. The accurate generation of this duration of assemblage depends on where we are located, though it will final during many for about 2 mins and 40 seconds. Because this eventuality is so brief, skywatchers should make certain they know accurately when assemblage will start and finish in their location.
Eclipse Safari uses a impossibly accurate eclipse maps combined by Xavier Jubier that use Google Maps to uncover accurately where a moon’s shade will tumble and when. Jubier also helped build a interactive obscure map used by NASA.
These maps are also useful to people outward a trail of totality. Most of North America and Central America, as good as many people in South America, will be means to see a prejudiced solar obscure on Aug. 21, and a Eclipse Safari app will uncover users how many of a sun’s hoop will be lonesome by a moon from their location.
Simulation Curriculum is behind a SkySafari app, that creates it easy for people to find out what astronomical objects will be manifest from their plcae during any given time, or to brand night sky objects. It’s also a large astronomical thesaurus that can emanate a unnatural map of a sky from any plcae on Earth, adult to 10,000 years in a past or future. (The SkySafari program group also furnish a Mobile Astronomy column for Space.com).
In 2015, a association expelled a Pluto Safari app around a attainment of NASA’s New Horizon’s examine during Pluto. The app showed users a plcae of New Horizons as it zoomed toward a outdoor solar system, supposing simple information about a booster and a payload, and delivered updates and cinema from a goal team.
“The Pluto Safari app was intensely successful. We had good over 100,000 downloads of that app, and a users unequivocally appreciated carrying a messenger app to that ancestral eventuality and mission,” Braganca told Space.com. “So formed on a knowledge with Pluto Safari, we came adult with this thought of building an app that is now called Eclipse Safari that allows users to get a many out of this singular observation opportunity.”
The program behind SkySafari 5, a many new iteration of a app, is incorporated in a Eclipse Safari app and provides a make-believe of how a obscure will swell from a sold location. Users can corkscrew brazen and back in time, and watch a moon gradually cover a face of a sun, as those dual bodies pierce together by a sky. Users can also see how a moon’s shade will demeanour from space as it moves opposite a Earth.
We during Space.com are anxious to partner with Simulation Curriculum on this project. We suggest a app even for skywatchers who don’t devise on being inside a trail of assemblage on obscure day; they can still get present news and information about a eclipse, and play around with a interactive map and other features.
Editor’s Note: This essay was corrected to note that a sum solar obscure will final during many 2 mins and 40 seconds, not 3.