The Eclipse Megamovie Project is looking to create a 90-minute megamovie of the natural phenomena by combining footage from more than 1,000 cameras in the path of the eclipse.
This summer’s total solar eclipse, when the moon will pass directly between the Earth and the sun, takes place on August 21. The center of its shadow will trace a diagonal trail from Oregon to South Carolina and observers located in the exact center of its path of totality may be able to see the eclipse for nearly three minutes.
Among the locations under the path are Salem, Boise, Kansas City, Nashville, Charleston and Columbia.
The Eclipse Megamovie Project, which is being run by UC Berkeley and Google wants to train 1,000 volunteers to record as much of the event as they can. The footage will then be edited together to produce a complete high-resolution record of the eclipse as viewed from the ground as it crosses the United States. It should be a spectacular sight.
“We want everyone to know about the natural wonder, scientific importance and social impact of viewing a live total solar eclipse,” said Laura Peticolas, a physicist involved with the Eclipse Megamovie Project. “It is truly a transformative, life-changing experience and we want to prepare people for that.”
For more information about the open innovation project, and to sign up to participate if you will be under the path of totality, click here.