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Two-month countdown: Watch Bill Nye and Phil Plait talk about the total solar eclipse

Two months from now, a total solar eclipse will cross the United States from Oregon to South Carolina. The moon will block out the sun along a 70-mile-wide path and for the people within that path, the afternoon sky will turn to stars.

The last time a total eclipse was visible from the West Coast to the East Coast was 1979, and the next time it happens is 2045, so people are getting very excited. Hotels are booking up and anxious travelers are crossing their fingers the sky is clear that day.

On Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET, the space geeks at are hosting Bill Nye and astronomer Phil Plait to chat about the eclipse — what it will look like, how it happens and generally getting people excited about the celestial event of the year.

We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the summer solstice.


The live event will feature extraordinary views of the Sun streamed from Slooh observatory partners all over the world, including close-up views from Prescott Observatory in Prescott, Arizona, wide angle views from New York City, Chicago, Seattle, Hawaii, and other locations around the globe. Slooh regularly brings together feed partners from around the world, commanding a network of telescopes, cameras, and various high definition feeds from world class observatories and amateur astronomers alike.
In addition to celebrating the day of the June Solstice, Slooh will preview 2017’s main event, the Transcontinental Total Solar Eclipse, and look forward to their outdoor celebration for the Eclipse in Stanley, Idaho. Slooh is no stranger to the challenges of live streaming the biggest and most spectacular events in the sky. The company has been covering Total Solar Eclipses (as well as Partial and Annular Eclipses) for years, dispatching crews to cover them in person from locations including Kenya, the Faroe Islands, and Indonesia. These live events have been enjoyed by millions of viewers worldwide.

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