Google and UC Berkeley are creating a movie from images of the solar eclipse. The images will also be used to study the Sun’s outermost atmosphere. The ‘Eclipse Megamovie Project’ will premiere after the eclipse hits the US on August 21st.
In a statement on the Project’s website, Google said: “We’re in the process of collecting photos from all along the path of totality. Our Eclipse Megamovie Photo Team has been busy uploading the photographs they took of the total solar eclipse and our algorithms are creating the continuous view of the eclipse as it crossed the US. The first version of The Megamovie should be available the afternoon of the 21st. We’ll put out new, improved versions of the video as more of our volunteers upload their photos.”
Everyone in North America, parts of South America, Africa and Europe – including the UK – will see at least a partial solar eclipse, where the moon covers only a part of the sun. However, 14 states across the US will experience a total solar eclipse with nearly three minutes of darkness in the middle of the day (around 5pm UK time) over the course of 100 minutes.
More than 12 million Americans live inside the path of totality and more than half of the nation live within 400 miles of it. Millions more are expected to travel to cities along the path to witness the phenomenon.