Calling All Photographers: Eclipse Megamovie Wants You!

Are you interested in photography and citizen science? The Eclipse Megamovie project is looking for you! And you can get your name in the credits for participating!

Google and UC Berkeley are teaming up in this first-of-its-kind citizen science project. The Eclipse Megamovie project is currently recruiting qualified participants for the upcoming total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. The project’s primary aim is to add a new dimension to the studies of the Sun’s faint outer atmosphere – the corona.

The goal is to recruit over 1,000 photographers by August 6th with the appropriate equipment and skills* who will be on the path of totality. After applying, you will participate in online training and submit a practice image before the eclipse. Once you qualify, you will receive a pin to designate your status as part of the official Megamovie Photo Team. Your name will also be included in the credits of the final Eclipse Megamovie. You’ll also receive assistance with preparing for the eclipse and news about special offers and other perks exclusive for Megamovie Photo Team members!

To participate, visit this link before August 6th and follow these simple steps:

  1. Sign in with a Google associated email address
  2. Click on ‘Create Account’
  3. Indicate by clicking on the location map provided precisely where you plan to view and take images of the eclipse, then click ‘Save’.
  4. Click on the type of camera or device you plan to take the images with, then click ‘save’.
  5. Lastly, but most important of all, if you meet the proper location and equipment criteria, you can now click on the ‘Apply’ button to fill out an application to be a member of the official Megamovie Photo Team. Once you apply, the Astronmical Society of the Pacific will be in touch with you and continue to engage  you in preparing for the eclipse.

If you have any questions, you can email them to For continuous updates on the project, join the Google Group.

*Basic equipment and skills necessary for participating in the Eclipse Megamovie Project:

  • Camera – Interchangeable lens digital camera (DSLR or Mirrorless)
  • Telephoto or zoom lens – minimum focal length 300mm
  • Stable & level tripod
  • The ability to identify the GPS coordinates and time of your photographs to the nearest second.