We invite you to check out this invitation to participate in a very cool eclipse project run by our friends at Google and Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

"We’re excited to announce an opportunity to contribute to a first-of-its-kind citizen science project: the Eclipse Megamovie! Representing a collaboration between Google, UC Berkeley, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific and others, the project will use photographs of the upcoming August 21st total solar eclipse to build a movie of the entire eclipse from coast to coast. We need skilled photographers to help create the movie as well as support solar science research. For more on the goals of the project, see UC Berkeley’s official press release.
Our aim is to recruit over 1,000 amateur photographers and astronomers who will be on the path of totality on August 21, 2017. Team members receive training and submit a practice image before the eclipse. Once you qualify, you will receive a pin to designate your status as an official photographer for the project. Your name will also be included in the credits of the final Eclipse Megamovie. If you want to participate, visit our website and SIGN IN to apply!"

Basic equipment necessary for participating in the Eclipse Megamovie Project

  • Camera: DSLR (digital single lens reflex)
  • Telephoto or zoom lens: minimum focal length of 300mm
  • A stable and level tripod
  • Ability to identify the GPS coordinates and time to the nearest second