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The Eclipse Megamovie

Main Project Information
Presented By Google, UC Berkeley
Goal Turn images of the 2017 total eclipse into a movie for science
Task Skilled photographers are needed to help create the movie.

Representing a collaboration among Google, UC Berkeley, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific and others, the Eclipse Megamovie Project will use photographs of the upcoming August 21st total solar eclipse to build a movie of the entire eclipse from coast to coast. Skilled photographers are needed to help create the movie as well as support solar science research. For more on the goals of the project, see UC Berkeley’s official press release:

How to Join

The aim is to recruit over 1,000 amateur photographers and astronomers who will be on the path of totality on August 21, 2017. Team members receive training and submit a practice image before the eclipse. Once you qualify, you will receive a pin to designate your status as an official photographer for the project. Your name will also be included in the credits of the final Eclipse Megamovie. If you want to participate, visit the project website and SIGN IN to apply. Basic equipment necessary for participating in the Eclipse Megamovie Project:

• Camera: DSLR (digital single lens reflex)
• Telephoto or zoom lens: minimum focal length of 300mm
• A stable and level tripod
• Ability to identify the GPS coordinates and time to the nearest second

Project Timing Team members receive training and submit a practice image before the eclipse (timing TBD). Images will need to be taken on the path of totality of the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse.
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Materials List Camera:, Telephoto or zoom lens, Tripod, GPS Locator
Ideal Age Group High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Just once
Average Time Several hours
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Tags 2017 eclipse, berkeley, eclipse, eclipse megamovie, google, multiverse, total solar eclipse
Project Updated 03/30/2017