Chances are, you know where you’ll be around midday Monday. You’ll be outside, peering at the sky (through protective eyewear, of course), waiting for the moon to cover the sun and plunge us into darkness for a minute or two.
The metro area is in a sweet spot for viewing the total eclipse of the century. But if you find yourself inconveniently trapped beyond “the totality,” or rudely stuck at a desk in an office, you don’t have to miss a thing, except the possibility of retina damage.
Locally, the eclipse will start about 11:35 a.m., with totality about 1:15 p.m., depending on where you are. Location also determines whether the total eclipse will be long or short, ranging from 1 to 3 minutes.
The eclipse, the first to span the entire United States in 99 years, is a huge television event, with live coverage, extensive streaming and recap specials set for the big day. Here are some ways to watch.
Who better than NASA to provide out-of-this-world eclipse coverage? The space agency will be all over the event, with coast-to-coast live reports from vantage points including Jefferson City and Carbondale as well as Salem, Ore.; Idaho Falls, Idaho; Beatrice, Neb.; Hopkinsville, Ky.; and Clarksville, Tenn.
More dramatically, NASA will also capture the event from the air and space, including views from research aircraft, high-altitude balloons, satellites and specially modified telescopes, plus snapshots from the International Space Station.(tncms-asset)80691dee-7957-11e7-8bbf-00163ec2aa77(/tncms-asset)
The four-hour “Eclipse Across America: Through the Eyes of NASA” will begin at 11 a.m. with a preview show from Charleston, S.C. The main coverage begins at noon and covers the path of totality from Oregon to South Carolina.
NASA Television is Channel 352 on DirecTV and 286 on Dish. NASA's eclipse coverage will also air from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on C-SPAN. Coverage will stream many places on eclipse day. Go to nasa.gov/eclipselive, or watch via NASA apps for Apple and Android devices, Amazon Fire and Fire TV or Apple TV.
The Science Channel
Cable’s Science Channel will cover “The Great American Eclipse” live as it happens and in a one-hour wrap-up special at 8 p.m. Monday.In Madras, Ore., Science will partner with the Lowell Observatory on its Lowell Solar Eclipse Experience, with astronomers and educators narrating the eclipse as it happens in Madras via Facebook Live.
Madras “is considered by experts to be one of the nation’s premier viewing spots, because of its location in the high desert of central Oregon, typical weather patterns and unobstructed views,” the channel says.
In addition, Science will air live footage throughout the day from viewing destinations including Tennessee, Idaho, Nebraska and South Carolina, with more vistas from the International Space Station. Coverage can be found both on the television channel and online at sciencechannel.com.
Already launched is an eclipse micro-site on sciencechannel.com with blog posts, photo galleries and an original eclipse companion guide video series.
For the Monday night special, Mike Massimino will host from Charleston, S.C., the last place on land in U.S. to see the eclipse.
“Eclipse Over America” (8 p.m. Monday) on “Nova” looks at how scientists are making use of this “wondrous celestial spectacle” to study the sun’s atmosphere. “During the eclipse’s precious seconds of darkness, they will shed light on how our sun works, how it can produce deadly solar storms and why its atmosphere is so hot,” “Nova” says. “Eclipse Over America” is the “most expensive, fast turnaround film to date” for “Nova,” deputy executive producer Julia Court told TV critics recently in Los Angeles.
KETC (Channel 9) will provide local footage to the “Nova” team. In addition, the station will stream NASA’s eclipse feed all day in Public Media Commons, 3653 Olive Street in Grand Center. The public is invited to watch.
A live eclipse special airs 1-2 p.m. Monday on the PBS World channel (over the air or 185 on Charter).
CNN partners with Volvo for a 360-degree view of the eclipse, beginning at 11:03 a.m. at cnn.com. The 4K stream can also be viewed in virtual reality on mobile devices or with a VR head set.
ABC will air a two-hour special on the eclipse starting at noon Monday, anchored by David Muir and with meteorologists Ginger Zee in Nashville, Tenn., and Rob Marciano in Lincoln City, Ore. The special will air on the TV network and on abcnews.com, Facebook and YouTube. Mitsubishi, ABC’s official sponsor, will use the occasion to launch its new Eclipse Cross.
The local special “Total Eclipse 2017” airs from noon to 2 p.m. Monday.
“Total Solar Eclipse” coverage is scheduled from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Coverage begins during the early newscast from 4 to 10 a.m. and continues on the 11 a.m. and noon newscasts. KTVI also has a live special from 1 to 2 p.m.