How To Watch Today's Solar Eclipse Live, No Cable Required

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It’s finally here. The total solar eclipse that hasn’t happened in the US since 1979, and won’t happen again from coast to coast until 2045. But if you can’t see it in person, don’t sweat it. Gizmodo has got you covered.

The total solar eclipse starts around 10am Pacific time and ends on the east coast around 3pm, with a partial eclipse on either end of that. The eclipse itself will last less than 3 minutes from any vantage point, but even if you’re not one of the millions of people expected to flock to the path of totality to view it in person, you can still watch online thanks to this glorious invention called the internet.

Below we have livestreams on everything from YouTube to Facebook to virtual reality. Some of the streams even include a 360 degree feature that lets you swivel your head like you’re really there. So don’t despair. Watching online also allows you to avoid permanent eye damage. Not to mention the fact that it lets you avoid having to be near other humans.


There are plenty of different ways to watch the total solar eclipse on YouTube:

  • PBS Newshour has a livestream of the solar eclipse on >YouTube


  • NBC News has a livestream of the solar eclipse on >YouTube


  • And

    CBS News has its own stream of the solar eclipse on >YouTube


Time magazine also has a special 360 degree livestream on YouTube from Casper, Wyoming that allows you to click and drag.


  • Gizmodo has a livestream on our >Facebook


  • NASA is streaming the solar eclipse on its >Facebook


  • CNN is also livestreaming on >Facebook



Twitter is partnering with The Weather Channel to provide a livestream of the solar eclipse. Twitter has live shots from 10 different locations as it moves across the country.



Virtually every news outlet will also be streaming the solar eclipse on their websites, including >NBC News

, >ABC News

, and >CBS News


Virtual Reality

CNN also has a virtual reality option that you can find on its website. If you have a VR headset, or even if you don’t, there are different ways to watch in “virtual reality” over at CNN.


In Person

And if you’re watching live, you’ve no doubt heard the warnings. But they’re worth repeating. Don’t stare at the solar eclipse directly. It will cause permanent damage to your eyes, and it’s no joke.

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