In the middle of August, the Earth will witness a once in a lifetime astronomic event. This is a total solar eclipse that will appear in the United States once more after 38 years. However, it was only 1918 when the East Coast to West Coast areas were able to experience this phenomenon for themselves. Lick Creek, Illinois will be the perfect spot to attend the eclipse where it is going to last for a total of two minutes and 40 seconds. To celebrate this important moment, the University of California together with Google are going to partner up for an ambitious cinematic project.
The goal of the partnership between the University of California and Google will be to create the Eclipse Megamovie Project. For this mission, the institution is seeking for around 100 volunteers that are also amateur astronomers and photographers. Together, they are going to record and document the total solar eclipse that is announced for August 21st. Their work will record the entire path of the event, from its inception in Oregon until its last shadow cast over the Atlantic Ocean off South Carolina.
While people on the ground will be able to enjoy the astral event for up to 2 minutes and 40 seconds in Lick Creek, Illinois, the Eclipse Megamovie Project will last for 90 minutes. Since the shadow of the eclipse moves at a speed of 1,500 miles per hour, no one can easily capture the entire event alone. This is why the project will need the support of more than 100 eager participants.
The Eclipse Megamovie Project team is going to coordinate the entire mission proactively. They will select and train those who wish to be a part of it. On the other hand, anyone that owns a smartphone is allowed to contribute with snaps and footages. The same team will also create an application that is scheduled to appear sometime in April.
Thanks to this, people all over U.S. will be able to upload their shots of the total solar eclipse. Some of the team members will test the software as soon as February 26th. This is when the annular eclipse is going to unravel. However, the event is not as unique as the August one, as the moon will be far away from Earth and it will appear as just a bright ring on the disk of the sun.
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