Watch the solar eclipse live from the top of Fuji

Watch the solar eclipse live from the top of Fuji

Panasonic to use solar power alone to live stream total eclipse from volcano's snowy peak
Solar eclipse
Whoah, dude -- not only is this the eclipse part of the Solar Saros 128 series of events, but we also get to wear these awesome specs.

On an apartment-building roof, in a local park, maybe even up a ladder -- given clear skies the choices are endless. If you’re in Japan on May 21, chances are you have at least a half-laid plan for watching the total solar eclipse that morning.

Still, we bet they’re not half as ambitious as those of electronics maker Panasonic, which is dispatching a team to the top of Mount Fuji to stream the whole celestial event live online.

Better yet, the Panny team will be using only solar-powered equipment to film and broadcast the eclipse. Kinda like a snake eating its own tail, we guess.

And, in case you’re wondering what happens when the moon blots out the sun, said equipment, naturally, includes solar batteries for offline backup.

The annular eclipse -- it’s still total, but the moon leaves a ring-shaped sliver of the sun still showing at totality -- will begin at 6:19 a.m. in Tokyo and will be visible from much of Japan, southern China, western Canada and the United States (on the evening of May 20 in North America).

Perfect location

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Fortunately for Panasonic, Mount Fuji is almost bang on the path, offering prime viewing conditions during the five minutes of totality.

Better yet, the peak is almost always above cloud level.

And if you’re pondering joining the 3,780-meter trek to the top of Japan’s highest mountain, don't bother.

Official climbing season is still months away and the peak -- we can see it from the office, so you know it’s true -- is still wreathed in snow and ice.

Let's hope the Panasonic team remembers to pack some of these.


If you need help planning your eclipse viewing, there’s an interactive Google Map showing its path across Japan here, an official National Astronomical Observatory of Japan guide to the event here and a rough-and-ready everyman’s guide here.

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