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Are You Ready for the Total Solar Eclipse on Monday August 21?

Background

For those of you who don’t know already, or those who do, here are some helpful tips for the Total Solar Eclipse (TSE) event occurring in North America on Monday, August 21. The last north American TSE was in 1979.

Many are suggesting this will be the most photographed event yet in human history.

  • NASA has an interactive Google-like map to show you the 70-mile wide path across the USA. (See NASA’s Map)
  • TimeAndDate.com has a great site telling you exact times for the Eclipse in your city and what it will look like (helpful if you are not in the path of the total eclipse).

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How to watch and make 360 degree YouTube videos

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Google Cardboard lets you experience virtual reality (VR) in a very inexpensive manner. If you use the YouTube Android app along with Cardboard, you can even watch 360 degree videos which are really taking off and providing quite the immersive experience. For those of you on iPhones, YouTube will be supporting it “soon” however there is a third party app called in360Tube which provides that functionality right now.

 

WATCHING 360 DEGREE VIDEOS (NO HEADSET REQUIRED)

You don’t need Cardboard or any other VR headset to watch 360 degree videos. Try opening up https://www.youtube.com/360 in your Google Chrome web browser. Select one of the 360 degree videos. When you press play, you will notice arrows appear in the top left corner or you can click and drag the video screen using your mouse. It is fascinating to be in control of where you are watching during a video. I highly recommend you all try it out.


WATCHING 360 DEGREE VIDEOS USING CARDBOARD

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