How to view the 2017 solar eclipse online or on TV   

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How to view the 2017 solar eclipse online or on TV   

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This photo provided by Bob Baer and Sarah Kovac, participants in the Citizen CATE Experiment, shows a "diamond ring" shape during the 2016 total solar eclipse in Indonesia. For the 2017 eclipse over the United States, the National Science Foundation-funded movie project nicknamed Citizen CATE will have more than 200 volunteers trained and given special small telescopes and tripods to observe the sun at 68 locations in the exact same way. The thousands of images from the citizen-scientists will be combined for a movie of the usually hard-to-see sun’s edge.

In preparation for the solar eclipse crossing North America on Aug. 21, eclipse watchers are also anxiously watching the weather. If cloudy skies or rain hide the sun, then there won't be a clear view of the eclipse.

In northeastern Georgia, the area of the state that falls in the path of totality (100% eclipse is visible), recent forecasts have been for cloudy skies and thunderstorms.

Read moreDon’t let clouds ruin your solar eclipse view — Use these two maps to find clear skies near you If the weather is bad, the best bet for viewing the eclipse is one of the many live steaming events. Many eclipse viewing parties are also offering live streaming onsite, but if you want to go it alone, here are a few options:

ABC News: David Muir heads "The Great American Eclipse," the two-hour live coverage of the eclipse on Abcnews.go.com which includes views of the eclipse as well as the scene from watch parties and landmarks along the path of totality. The live stream will also be available on Facebook Live, YouTube and across ABC News social media channels.

Astronomy.com: See live streaming of the eclipse from Denver, Colorado on Astronomy.com. Streaming will be in 4K. This is not a total eclipse as Colorado will only get about a 92 percent partial eclipse at maximum coverage in Denver. Tune in just before 2 p.m. EST to be sure to catch the action.

CNN and Volvo: The "Eclipse of the Century" live stream will begin at 12:03 p.m. ET with 360-degree views of the eclipse in 4K resolution. Streams will come from different locations along the eclipse path and can be viewed in virtual reality through a phone or VR headset. Tune in at cnn.com/specials/vr/total-solar-eclipse-2017. 

Eclipse Across America: For a unique take on live streaming, check out the High Altitude Balloon Project in which students and ballooning groups launch high-altitude balloons with cameras up into the sky to capture views of the eclipse. Viewing is available at eclipse.stream.live.

Elephant Sanctuary: Animal lovers won't want to miss the Elephant Sanctuary's Facebook Live streaming event during the total solar eclipse. The Tennessee-based Sanctuary has 13 solar-powered, live-streaming HD ‘EleCams’ located in the elephants’ habitats to allow for public viewing of the elephants. Around 2:30 p.m. (EST) on Aug. 2, viewers will be able to see darkness settle over the Sanctuary and observe how the animals will react (cameras will go dark briefly during totality). Tune in at www.elephants.com.

Exploratorium: The Exploratorium, a science museum in San Francisco, has partnered with NASA and will be filming the eclipse from two different locations (Oregon and Wyoming) and sharing it by live stream. You can watch it on www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse and on the free Android and iOS apps.

NASA Television: On Aug. 21 from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. EST, NASA Television will host "Eclipse Across America: Through the Eyes of NASA," an unprecedented live video event as the eclipse makes its way across America from Oregon to South Carolina. There will also be coverage of activities taking place in parks, libraries, stadiums, festivals and museums across the country, and on social media. You can watch from Facebook Live, YouTube, Periscope/Twitter, NASA apps or from the live stream page at nasa.gov/eclipselive.

The Science Channel: This live coverage from Madras, Oregon featuring astronomers and educators will capture every moment of the eclipse with footage from other viewing destinations across the country including Tennessee, Idaho, Nebraska, and South Carolina, as well as glimpses of the eclipse taken from the International Space Station. Tune in at Sciencechannel.com/eclipse.

Slooh: Check out your "interface to outer space" on Aug. 21 when Slooh covers the entire eclipse including partial phases across the country to what happens in the path of totality. Slooh Astronomers will be on the ground in Stanley, Idaho, and feed partners will bring live views of the sun as the sky goes dark. You must register to view the event. Registration is free at Slooh.com. Slooh is also sharing their footage from multiple locations with Timeanddate.com, where you will be able to see eclipse coverage, progress and updates beginning at 11:30 a.m. EST.

The Weather ChannelBeginning at 6 a.m. EST, the Weather Channel will host “The Total Solar Eclipse,” with meteorologists broadcasting live from seven locations across the country. Viewers will see the eclipse in totality from Madras, OR; Jackson Hole, WY; Carbondale, IL; Clemson, SC and Nashville, TN. Of course the broadcast will include weather conditions that may impact visibility in the locations along the path of totality.

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