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Google Simulator Makes It Easy To See Eclipses

The anticipated total solar eclipse that will pass over the North America on August 21 has spawned a lot of excitement among the Americans who are eagerly waiting for the momentous event. The last time the solar eclipse incidence occurred in the country was in 1918 when the total solar eclipse covered the country with total darkness from coast to coast.

This year’s occurrence is highly expected and people are preparing for it. Many people are traveling to targeted areas including Tennessee, Idaho, Wyoming and other areas to witness the Sun turning totally dark. As a result, Google and researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have designed a new device, Eclipse Megamoyie Simulator that would enable people to view the eclipse from the comfort of their home areas.

The people will access the tool at Eclipse Megamovie 2017 by entering either the ZIP code or the name of their city or town to view the ongoing animation of the Sun’s activity. The simulator shows the exact time to watch the eclipse and it will show the sky darkening for those who will come directly in the path that the eclipse is passing.

The Eclipse Megamovie Project is being managed by Dan Sevin who is leading a team of scientists at Berkeley. Sevin stated that there are various online eclipse animations of the 2017 solar eclipse, but they are not as effective as the new tool in terms of revealing the total eclipse experience. The new simulation device experience is similar to what one will see in a planetarium show.

The device can also be used to gauge where to experience the total solar eclipse occurrence. The expected total solar eclipse will pass across the nation for the best part of the day and it will cover a band of approximately 72 miles wide. The eclipse will cover 14 states: Idaho, Nebraska, Kansas, Tennessee, Georgia, Montana, Oregon, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Wyoming, South Carolina and North Carolina.

The tool will be used to collect data for scientific research. While no one would experience the eclipse for more than two minutes, the Megamovie tool will record a 90-minute eclipse movie.