by Hugh McDonald, Executive Producer February 18th, 2019
We are excited to be partnering again with the UC Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory to update our eclipse citizen science mobile app for the upcoming solar eclipse visible this summer in South America.
Ideum worked with the Laboratory and Google’s Making & Science Team to first develop the Megamovie Mobile app for the solar eclipse visible in North America in August 2017. The Megamovie Mobile Project culminated in an innovative mobile app that helped users take tack-sharp photos of the event and share them with scientists. By revealing the path of totality, leading visitors in setting up their smartphones, and taking control of the phones' cameras during the eclipse, the app created a new way for people to participate in a truly memorable experience—and for researchers to gather data on the eclipse from viewers across a wide geographical area.
The updated app builds on many of the first version's key features. Eclipse Camera 2019 will feature a practice mode, a countdown clock, and a map of the eclipse's path as it moves across Argentina and Chile on the afternoon of June 2, 2019. The app will be available for both iOS and Android devices and provide information about ways to use tripods, external lenses, or DSLR cameras to take the best possible images. As with the initial version, users will be able to share their photos with solar scientists. And this version of the app will also present text in both Spanish and English.
Ideum will be sending a team to Argentina to photograph the eclipse. Along with photos from app users, the data we gather will help us learn how to further optimize the app for the next solar eclipse in North America in 2024. Look for our new app in the App Store and Google Play Store soon!