On July 2, 2019, a total solar eclipse will be visible in the southern Pacific region, crossing land in both Chile and Argentina.
The Eclipse Camera 2019 app from UC Berkeley’s Space Science Laboratory and Ideum brings you into an international citizen-science project and helps you view and photograph this incredible event.
When you use the app and provide your permission, the images you take, and the time and location data they’re associated with, can be sent to scientists, creating a massive dataset of eclipse observations.
But the Eclipse Camera 2019 app does much more than that.
Taking good photos of astronomical events requires a steady hand and precise control of exposure time and sensitivity. Eclipse Camera 2019 helps you take tack-sharp photos and video of the eclipse with your smartphone and provides information about mounting your phone on a tripod, adding an external lens, or using a DSLR.
The app also gives you information about the best route from your location to the eclipse’s path, a countdown clock ticking down to the big event, and a built-in practice mode to get used to setting up your phone or camera for great pictures.
Map of the path of totality showing your distance and shortest route to view the eclipse.
Countdown timer linked to your location.
Instructions for setting up your phone with a tripod and external lens.
Orientation function to simplify camera aiming.
Practice mode to familiarize you with the app before the eclipse.
Automatic shutter trigger and exposure control minimizes camera shake and guesswork.
Built-in link to UC Berkeley’s Space Sciences Laboratory sends your images and data to a national citizen-science project investigating what eclipses reveal about the sun.