Solar Eclipse 2009: Where's the beef?
So I'm all set: got my popcorn, my laptop and I'm settling in to watch a live video stream of the solar eclipse! It's 2009, which means that there are going to be multiple video sources showing me this incredible natural event, which has amazed me since I was a kid and was made paranoid by my parents and teachers to NEVER EVER look into the sky during an eclipse! Well, thanks to all sorts of funky technology and the InterWebs, I'm gonna watch it LIVE! Woohoo!
Um, not quite.
Firstly, my main source of info was gonna be NASA, but they didn't have a feed. Apparently there's a shuttle in space right now or something. They were kind enough to provide a page of links, including links to the 3 video streams everyone else was referencing.
All of the sites I could find with info about the video streams list only those same 3 sites. It took me half an hour to finally get a live feed via this site: Live! Eclipse 2009. But something somewhere kept stalling the video or hanging the page. And when it did run, I was watching people stand on a boardwalk or deck in the rain, waiting for the eclipse to happen. And, something tells me that even when the eclipse happens, I'm gonna be watching a still image of the same people on the boardwalk in the rain watching the eclipse. Not exactly the viewing experience I was going for...
This sucks. So many cities where the eclipse could be viewed from, and only 3 possible live web feeds. I'm so used to finding everything online, I just figured that there would be more options. I know that the eclipse will be available tomorrow on YouTube but I was really hoping to watch it live.
I guess for now, I'm gonna go watch America's Got Talent, and drown my sorrows in popcorn. :(
Live Eclipse 2009 coverage = Major #FAIL.