August 16, 2017
The Astronomical Event of the Decade to be Delivered Live
Astronomical events are often once-in-a-lifetime events, especially when they are visible to the public over the continental U.S. An eclipse takes place when the moon casts a shadow on the earth, fully or partially blocking the sun’s light in some areas. The upcoming solar eclipse is the first one like it in 99 years.
On August 21, the eclipse will be visible for two to three hours across all of North America. Anyone within a 70-mile wide path that stretches through 14 states from Oregon to South Carolina will experience a total eclipse. People observing a total eclipse will be able to see the sun’s corona while outside observers not in the path will see a partial eclipse.
NASA is making the eclipse available through live streaming to web and mobile devices to audiences around the globe at www.nasa.gov/eclipselive
For the first time, audiences will be able to experience the spectacle live or using technology, as it passes across the continental U.S.
“We are extremely proud to be supporting some of the technology delivery behind an event of this magnitude on a program that helps NASA promote new discoveries, events and services through the web and cloud,” said Raj Ananthanpillai, president & CEO, InfoZen.
For space fanatics and casual observers, it’s a big deal. Technology is making this astronomical event available to the masses. From the cloud architecture to live streaming, InfoZen, the NASA WESTPrime services provider, is supporting the Web Services Office and managing a team of solution providers including: Akamai, Amazon, Limelight Networks, Mindpoint Group, MobileRider, Mobomo and V! Studios.
“For months, a great deal of planning has gone into the end-to-end planning, testing, integration, implementation, support and execution of the eclipse content delivery designed to reach up to 1 billion people,” said Sandeep Shilawat, Cloud Program Manager, InfoZen.
More than 300 million people in the U.S. potentially could directly view the total solar eclipse and are encouraged to do this safely.
Experiencing a total solar eclipse where you live happens about once in 375 years. The last total eclipse in the United States occurred on Feb. 26, 1979. The last total eclipse that crossed the entire continent occurred on June 8, 1918. See the Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017 or wait to see another one on April 8, 2024.
For more information about NASA’s live coverage, visit https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-announces-television-coverage-for-aug-21-solar-eclipse