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Eclipse Megamovie 2017

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WSIL-TV -- You can be part of a groundbreaking movie on the 2017 total solar eclipse.

The Eclipse Megamovie Project is recruiting amateur photographers to capture images of the August 21 eclipse.  Those images will be stitched together with video and photos from more than 1,000 experienced photographers.

Hugh Hudson, University of California at Berkeley, project co-leader:

“The movie is a tool for scientific exploration.  We’ll be collecting this level of data for the first time, from millions of observers, and it will be a valuable archive."

The movie will document the path of the eclipse from the coast of Oregon, through the WSIL-TV viewing area, to the coast of South Carolina.  While no one person will see the totality of the eclipse for more than 2 minutes, 40 seconds, the images will be turned into a 90-minute documentary on the total eclipse.

Even a plane traveling the length of the eclipse can only capture about nine minutes of totality since the event moves at nearly 1,500 miles per hour.

This movie is believed to be the first of its kind.  You can take part by using a DSLR camera or your mobile device and by downloading the Megamovie app.  That app is expected to be available for download in April.

For more background on this event, visit the project's Facebook page, or read this article on


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