Solar eclipse 2024 LIVE STREAM: Watch incredible solar eclipse live HERE from 6pm tonight

Adam Chapman

By Adam Chapman

Published: 08/04/2024

- 15:26

Updated: 08/04/2024

- 18:42

Not in the path of totality? Do not fear, we have the best seats right here

North America will be treated to a total solar eclipse today, plunging the region into darkness during the daytime.

Around 32 million people live in the path of totality, or locations where the moon will completely block the face of the sun from view for a few moments. If you're fortunate enough to be one of those people, whatever you do, don't take a picture of the eclipse with your phone.

The length of totality — how long the Sun is fully eclipsed for — during the April 8 eclipse differs depending on where you are observing from, but peaks at four minutes and 27 seconds.

If you live outside the path of totality, such as the UK, you'll be treated to a partial eclipse, where a little bit of the Sun is covered, and a small percentage is blocked out by the Moon.

If this applies to you or you simply don't fancy venturing out to get the best view, you can live stream the cosmic event from the comfort of your own home.

The phenomenon itself will last two hours, with the eclipse starting in North America shortly after 2pm EDT (7pm BST)

Various channels will be live streaming the event but NASA's is the obvious place to head. Its broadcast will be running on YouTube from 6pm BST.

The space agency will share conversations with experts and provide telescope views of the eclipse from several sites along the eclipse path.

Throughout the broadcast, you can send questions in the chat using #askNASA for a chance to have them answered live.

And NASA is also hosting a clean telescope feed of the solar eclipse, if you just want to view the astronomical event in its full glory.

And remember, if you are venturing outside to watch it, wear real solar eclipse glasses - looking directly at the Sun is dangerous.

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