The Best Mobile Apps for the Solar Eclipse

Getty In this November 1, 2016 photo illustration a person points to the mobile apps on a smartphone.

The much-anticipated solar eclipse is almost here, and people are flocking to various places on the astronomical event’s path to get the best possible look.

The eclipse, in which the Moon will completely cover the Sun, takes place Monday, and North America will be directly in its path. The eclipse will move from Oregon all the way down to South Carolina during Monday afternoon.

If you’re not directly in the path of the eclipse, you will see a partial solar eclipse…that’s depending on if the weather cooperates.

With all sorts of technology nowadays, there are a magnitude of ways to view the eclipse if you’re not able to get a good look. Numerous mobile application developers have taken advantage of the event by designing apps that work in unison with it, even offering live streams so you don’t have to feel left out.

Here are some of the best mobile apps to download in time for the eclipse:


NASA GLOBE Observer

NASA’s official application, Total Solar Eclipse, incorporates a number of unique features. Those include a livestream which gives you options to see the eclips occurring from a number of cities.

The streams include live coverage hosted by NASA scientists and Exploratorium educators, and it’s also available in Spanish. You can also watch a telescope view of the eclipse as seen from Oregon and Wyoming.

To download the app on the Android Market, click here. To do so on Apple’s iTunes App Store, click here.


Eclipse Safari

The app features new articles from Space.com about the eclipse and other need-to-know information and contains a live feed of Space.com’s Twitter account.

In addition to that stuff, viewers of the eclipse will have a handful of features including a countdown timer, an interactive map, a shadow tracker, an eclipse simulator and a live stream of the eclipse itself.

To download the app on the Android Market, click here. To download it on Apple’s App Store, click here.


Smithsonian Solar Eclipse App

The Smithsonian mobile app allows users to watch a live NASA stream of the eclipse as it moves across the U.S. and also allows you to calculate your view with an interactive map while also giving a virtual view of the eclipse.

You can also check out some of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Obervator’s solar research and get near-live views straight from space.

To download the app in the Android Market, click here. To do so on Apple’s App Store, click here.


Eclipse Soundscapes

This unique app helps blind and visually-impaired people share the experience of the eclipse.

In a joint effort between the Smithsonian, NASA, the National Park Service and the National Center for Accessible Media, the app gives those people a firsthand feel of the eclipse.

It features an interactive “Rumble Map,” audio descriptions of features of the eclipse and a play-by-play description of the eclipse as it happens in the user’s area.

The “Rumble Map” is a unique feature that gives the user the feeling of the Sun during the eclipse.

“Our technology translates images of key eclipse features into a series of unique frequency modulated tones that map out variations in light and dark as the user explores the image with their fingertips,” the application’s description says. “These tones are specially designed to make the user’s mobile device shake, or rumble, in response to the changes.”

The app is only available for iPhone users. To download through the App Store, click here.


Eclipse Megamovie

This mobile application gathers images of the eclipse from around the nation. It takes a team of over 1,000 volunteer photographers and astronomers and members of the public and compiles a continuous view of the eclipse as it moves across the nation.

“Point your phone in the right direction during the eclipse and the app takes the picture for you,” the app’s description says.

To download the app in the Android Market, click here. To download in the App Store, click here.