AWT TV Episode 19: August 14, 2017 --- Total Solar Eclipse Special Edition!

Welcome to AWT TV, a weekly show featuring Steve Sande, Dennis Sellers and Marty Edwards of Apple World Today. Each week we'll discuss what's happened in the world of Apple, talk about new apps and accessories, maybe even have a demonstration or two of the latest software.  Be sure to subscribe to the Apple World Today video channel on YouTube.

It's one week until the August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse across America, so Steve and Marty discuss the eclipse, apps that can help you find the best location to observe totality, and more. If you're totally unfamiliar with what's going to happen, this show is well worth watching. 

To begin with, Steve (who saw a total solar eclipse back in 1998) talks about what makes a total eclipse so special, including certain phenomena that are only visible near or during totality. 

Steve pointed out the NASA Eclipse 2017 website with its interactive map: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/interactive_map/index.html

Concerned about clouds on eclipse day? Check out the National Weather Service cloud cover forecast: https://www.weather.gov/source/crh/eclipse.html

And those phenomena you can see? 

Baily's Beads and the Diamond Ring Effect: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baily's_beads

Shadow Bands:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadow_bands

Marty went over a few of the apps that he's been able to test recently. The first is Eclipse Safari, which Marty demonstrated a few weeks ago but is still a very cool app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/eclipse-safari/id1249431306?mt=8

He also demonstrated Totality, a very useful app for determining the local times at which certain events (first and last contact, totality) will occur at different locations in the USA: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/totality-by-big-kid-science/id1199242023?mt=8

Finally, if you'd like a verbal prompt when certain things are going to happen, be sure to pick up Solar Eclipse Timer: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/solar-eclipse-timer/id1203105865?mt=8

Steve also demonstrated LapseIt, the app he'll be using with his iPhone 7 Plus to create a time-lapse video of the 2 hours and 40 minutes surrounding the eclipse: 
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lapse-it-time-lapse-stop-motion-camera-free/id539108382?mt=8

If all goes well, Steve will post videos (a 360° VR video and the time-lapse) on the Apple World Today channel for your viewing pleasure.

Be sure to let your friends know about this episode of AWT TV and make sure they watch it to get the scoop on the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse.