Total solar eclipse: watch LIVE with Rapusia

NASA and several official channels will broadcast live streaming of the highly anticipated eclipse

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Total solar eclipse: watch LIVE with Rapusia
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The spectacular Great North American total solar eclipse is upon us! The most anticipated astronomical event of the year will be visible in a particular strip that includes a limited part of Mexico, the USA and a part of Canada.

There are several official channels that will broadcast live streaming of the highly anticipated eclipse, such as NASA's social channels.

WATCH BELOW THE GREAT NORTH AMERICAN ECLIPSE:

The totality of the eclipse will be visible in a band that will start first from northern Mexico, then enter the USA from Texas and continue towards the north-east, crossing cities such as Dallas, Indianapolis and Cleveland, before reaching the Great Lakes and finally entering in the eastern tip of Canada.

The moon will be able to obscure the sun for 4 minutes and 26 seconds, slightly less than that of 1806, which lasted 4 minutes and 55 seconds. A longer eclipse also means a very dark eclipse: the greater darkness could make not only planets like Venus and Jupiter visible, but also comet 12P/Pons-Brooks.

The Great North American total solar eclipse 

The Great North American Solar Eclipse will occur between 3:42 pm and 8:52 pm Coordinated Universal Time. The lucky ones will be able to observe the twilight in broad daylight, as well as the variation of the perceived colors of the surrounding environment, on grey.

During the dark totality phase the moon will appear dark blue in color. At the edges you will instead observe a bright ring, the solar corona, visible to eye.

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Low light conditions will make bright reds appear darker, washed out, or almost black, while blue and green hues will tend to become more vibrant.

Jupiter and Venus will both be above the horizon and therefore visible to eye. Venus will be about 15º south-west of the eclipsed Sun, while Jupiter will be about 30º east of the Sun. Lower on the horizon, about 35º west of the Sun, will be the Mars-Saturn pair.

The sky will not become completely dark but will appear like before a sunrise or after a sunset. The brightest objects in the sky can become visible during a total eclipse.