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  • Writer's pictureBurton Kelso, Tech Expert

6 Apps That Will Help You Get The Most of Out The Great American Eclipse

Are you excited about the Great American Eclipse? I know I am. I've never witnessed an eclipse and I'm thrilled the path of the eclipse is crossed my hometown. For the first time in 100 years, the track of the solar eclipse will stretch from Coast to Coast on Aug. 21. Unfortunately, not everyone will get to see the eclipse. With the help of some awesome apps, no one has to miss out on the eclipse. There are at least 50 apps out there to help with the eclipse, here are 6 of my favorites.

Smithsonian Eclipse 2017

This app offers an eclipse countdown measured by days, weeks, hours, minutes and seconds until the eclipse event. You also get a NASA eclipse live stream; the eclipse path across the United States; an interactive eclipse sky map; basic information about solar eclipses and a safety guide. NASA's Eyes Eclipse 2017. In this interactive, web-based 3D simulation, you can click anywhere on the Earth to preview your view of the August 21st, 2017 total eclipse. This will work in the web browser on your desktop or laptop, as well as on newer tablets and mobile phones, in either iOS or Android operating systems. Eclipse 2017 App. available for both Android phones and iPhones. The primary feature allows people to choose a location on a map of the U.S. to find out whether it is in the path of totality. If the spot chosen is outside the path of maximum darkness, a user can determine how much of the sun will be covered during the eclipse. Solar Eclipse Timer. This app offers a talking commentary, timed to the local eclipse event, to people who have chosen a location so users can be “talked” through the eclipse. The app says it is designed for everyone including first-time observers; expert eclipse chasers; professional photographers; teachers; families; children. Totality This fun and easy to use app not only works with your phone’s maps to direct you into the path of totality using the best route, it also shows what you’ll see at your current location. Total Solar Eclipse

After downloading the free app, users can watch live streams during the eclipse with several audio options, including commentary from Exploratorium educators and NASA scientists, Spanish-language commentary, or music from the Kronos Quartet.

Burton Kelso is the Chief Tech Expert at Integral. They offer tech support to homes and businesses all over the Kansas City Metro. He regularly appears as a guest tech correspondent on ABC, NBC, FOX, and CBS on shows such as Kansas City Live, Better Kansas City, FOX 4 Morning Show, offering viewers easy tips on technology, Internet lifestyle, Internet security and gadgets. You can find Burton on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter and watch great tech tip videos on his YouTube channel. He can be reached at 888-256-0829 or email at

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