How your phone can help on April 8


A total solar eclipse of the sun on April 8th will have millions of people watching the sky from Texas to Maine.

The eclipse will plunge people in a narrow path into afternoon darkness, but people outside the path of totality can use eclipse glasses to see the moon pass in front of the sun. Additionally, brands like Burger King and Pizza Hut are also getting in on the eclipse excitement.

If you can't get your hands on special eclipse glasses, or can't do it outside or at a nearby window, there are plenty of apps to watch the eclipse on your computer, tablet, or mobile device. Here's a roundup of some of those apps.

For more information on apps and software related to the April 8 total solar eclipse, you can visit American Astronomical Society website.

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Total solar eclipse

Solar Eclipse is an “innovative” app developed by the Exploratorium, a museum of science, technology and art in San Francisco, in collaboration with NASA, according to the app's description on the Apple App Store.

“Enjoy the upcoming eclipses like never before with this app designed for eclipse enthusiasts and curious minds,” reads the app's description. “Whether you're inside or outside the eclipse path, enhance your eclipse viewing experience with live close-up views of the solar surface from our advanced telescopes.”

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The app has a 3.8 star rating on the App Store and is specially designed for iPads and iPhones. you can Download it here.

Eclipse 2024

Designed by developer Saira Creations, the app allows people to tap a marker anywhere on the map to see if that location will experience a total eclipse, in addition to the start time and duration.

The app has a 3.1 star rating on the Apple App Store and is designed exclusively for iPads and iPhones. you can Download it here.

An eclipse

One Eclipse is an app developed by Simulation Curriculum Corp. in collaboration with Astronomers Without Borders.

“Experience the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse and support 'Astronomers Without Borders' education and outreach programs in 145+ countries,” reads the app's description.

The app, according to its description, will act as your “passport” to the April 8 eclipse, and its key features include a countdown timer, an interactive eclipse map, and an eclipse simulator.

It has a 4.7 star rating on the Apple App Store and you can Download it here.


According to AAS, the NASA app lets you watch live streams of the eclipse.

In addition to livestreams, the NASA app also offers interactive augmented reality experiences for exploring the latest NASA images, news, mission information, podcasts, and more as per its description in the App Store.

It has a 4.8 star rating and you can Download it here.

Gabe Hauari is a national trending news reporter at USA TODAY. You can follow him on X @kabehauri Or email him at [email protected].

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