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Fozzie

Eclipse Programme uk? Where is it?

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Hi all,

I've been looking, and as the eclipse happens in good primetime tv viewing hours, I'd expected to see a live show broadcasting the event...?  Cant see one listed, am I missing something or can anyone point me in the right direction?

Thanks

Fozzie

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The only place I can find it over here is on NASA tv, coverage starts at midday edt.

https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/#public

I'm using the web browser on my tv to watch it on a decent screen. I think there are other web casts on various sites as well.

 

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There is not a full eclipse here in the UK.

According to the news this morning it will be at Sunset today and will be only 10% of the disc.

Pat

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1 hour ago, valleyman said:

There is not a full eclipse here in the UK.

Thanks, im aware this is a central USA Event, but im just surprised there seems to be no coverage in the BBC or anything.. the last one where totality was in the fearo Isles had programmes dedicated to it, admittedly we had more than 10% here but still...?

You'd have thought BBC 3 or 4 would have piggybacked on an American feed?!

Thanks

Fozzie

 

I suppose my question should have been "why is there no programme dedicated to the event on British TV, given the interest in the last one?"

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As mentioned above it will only be a 10% coverae of the suns disk here, just before sunset so you can see something, you will not really be able to tell the difference in terms of light level, and at present it looks like cloud for a lot of us.

It is only a 3 minute event when you think about it. I expect some coverage on the News programs, but the BBC will get flack for a whole prodiction team for a few minutes.

Stargazing Live did an almost classic for the one in the Faroe's. 3 days of Brian Cox, Dara O'Brian talking about the eclipse and when it occurred for less time then this on no-one saw it owing to the classic total cloud coverage. I don't think they covered the previous one in Cairns either. Suppose there is no real impact on people watching a TV feed of it, one of those events that is interesting but does not cross over to a TV program, you likely have to be there.

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Well here in the UK, nobody's particularly surprised about people in the US being in the dark... :) 

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Sky News are broadcasting live from 3pm. BBC News @ 6pm

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1 hour ago, ronin said:

As mentioned above it will only be a 10% coverae of the suns disk here, just before sunset so you can see something, you will not really be able to tell the difference in terms of light level, and at present it looks like cloud for a lot of us.

It is only a 3 minute event when you think about it. I expect some coverage on the News programs, but the BBC will get flack for a whole prodiction team for a few minutes.

Stargazing Live did an almost classic for the one in the Faroe's. 3 days of Brian Cox, Dara O'Brian talking about the eclipse and when it occurred for less time then this on no-one saw it owing to the classic total cloud coverage. I don't think they covered the previous one in Cairns either. Suppose there is no real impact on people watching a TV feed of it, one of those events that is interesting but does not cross over to a TV program, you likely have to be there.

When I checked it was just over 3% of the disc covered.

The sun is only 4.5 degrees above the horizon (in peterborough) when the eclipse start. 

Ant 

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7 minutes ago, Ant said:

When I checked it was just over 3% of the disc covered.

The sun is only 4.5 degrees above the horizon (in peterborough) when the eclipse start. 

Ant 

That's what I read. Most areas in the UK only get the chance to view for part of the time the Moon is casting its shadow as the Sun will begin to drop below the horizon and the shadow is at the bottom of the Sun. My guess is that almost no one in the UK will see this eclipse as you would need to have a very low western horizon with no low cloud/haze obstructing your view. It certainly isn't looking good from here!

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1 hour ago, LukeSkywatcher said:

Sky News are broadcasting live from 3pm. BBC News @ 6pm

Thanks Luke, never though about Sky News they are giving it a few mentions now and as said proper coverage at 3pm.

Alan

 

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I have NASA tv on the laptop just as a back up in case Sky news decide to talk gibberish all the way through it and the camera decides that looking at people watching the event is more interesting.

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Oh dear!!!!!!!!!. Sky News are off to a great start. They just said the diameter of the Sun is 400 metres.

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4 hours ago, Fozzie said:

Thanks, im aware this is a central USA Event, but im just surprised there seems to be no coverage in the BBC or anything.. the last one where totality was in the fearo Isles had programmes dedicated to it, admittedly we had more than 10% here but still...?

You'd have thought BBC 3 or 4 would have piggybacked on an American feed?!

Thanks

Fozzie

 

I suppose my question should have been "why is there no programme dedicated to the event on British TV, given the interest in the last one?"

Given the various threads criticising The Beeb for its efforts at coverage of astronomy they can't win...

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As well as NASA TV I've got this open on the TV as well to see what it's like in 4K when it starts, although I can't get full screen at the moment for some reason, maybe I will be able to when it starts. http://www.astronomy.com/eclipsestream

I must admit viewing web pages on a big screen is quite good, just been looking at some SGL images, they look amazing. :) 

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I think the BBC news channel has live coverage from 18:00.

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16 minutes ago, bejay1957 said:

Given the various threads criticising The Beeb for its efforts at coverage of astronomy they can't win...

Don't misunderstand me, im not aiming any criticism in any quarter.. I suppose I've mentioned the BBC because they do have a dedicated astronomy format, and have covered similar event historically.. when I say British TV I'm referring to Sky, digital, sat, cable what ever your choice.. seems surprising that there's no advertised dedicated programme for this event.

To be honest my question was more aimed on making sure I can see something of it.. not laying more criticism in any particular direction. (which BTW I don't believe i have openly criticised anyone in specific, as i don't believe being surprised that no mainstream channels are broadcasting a 100 year event, no mater where it is in the world, is criticism)

5 minutes ago, Paul M said:

I think the BBC news channel has live coverage from 18:00.

 

3 hours ago, LukeSkywatcher said:

Sky News are broadcasting live from 3pm. BBC News @ 6pm

Thanks I'll give this a look in..

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Looks like I should be able to see it from here, according to Stellarium.  I have other places to be this evening however, and that low on the horizon the chances are that it will be obscured by cloud.  I can live with it, even if I have to wait four years for another.

James

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The details I have from S.Wales are max. just over 4%  around 8.20 - minutes from sunset. Could be a chance about half hour earlier, as it starts - but it will be a mighty thin sliver !  Hope someone gets a view though.

 

andrew

 

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1 hour ago, LukeSkywatcher said:

Oh dear!!!!!!!!!. Sky News are off to a great start. They just said the diameter of the Sun is 400 metres.

Wow, did no realise it was that big:iamwithstupid:

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Dr Maggie & live on BBC news now, also live coverage on Sky news, Freeview

edit, and they have just cut away from it :(

 

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I like the way the sky news cameraman tried to get a sneaky shot through someone's tak. 

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I'm going to head up to the top of the local Bwlch Mountain and hope for the best. Its partially cloudy at the moment so there is a chance.

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That NASA TV portal has fallen over by the looks of it.

Need more servers!

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