Watching the eclipse in 4K timelapse [video]

Written by RedShark News Staff

Ágúst SigurjónssonPrepare for a Total Eclipse of the (Video) Chart

Probably about 97.5% of internet traffic is going to be live streams and videos of Monday's eclipse next week, so here's a glimpse of what 97.5% totality looks like from one of our favourite eclipse videos shot in Reykjavik in 2015.

The twelve-hour shoot across the low-rise rooftops of Iceland's capital has a little bit of everything in it: aurora, stars, fog, wisps of cloud, aeroplanes going in and out of Keflavik International Airport, and, of course, the main event at 09:39 as the moon hides 97.5% of the sun's disc. It's nicely done and gives you a good sense of exactly how dark it will get across a great swathe of the USA on Monday morning as the eclipse takes 1 hour and 33 minutes to traverse the country. 

All in all, somwhere over 10 million people live inside the path of totality and many, many more are expected to travel to see it. All of which will probably help make this the most photographed and filmed eclipse in history. And given the way that technology has developed even since 2015, more of that material than ever is going to be in 4K HDR. Indeed, HDR feels almost tailor-made for events such as this.

For the meantime, though, feast your eyes on this shot by Ágúst Sigurjónsson. And we do like the little touch of showing a close up of the sun shot with a telephoto lens in the bottom left. If you're watching on the right kit you should even be able to make out the odd sunspot.

Oh, and needless to say, if you're planning on shooting any Great American Eclipse footage yourself on Monday, please be very careful. There will be another one along in the US in seven years and you only get one pair of eyes...

And here's a quick BTS...

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