Today, Foxwood Astronomy, after a long 15 years, has announced the latest release of its solar eclipse mobile app – Solar Eclipse Timer.
The original talking eclipse timer was developed in 2002 and ran on Windows 98 and Windows Pocket PC Operating Systems. This new and improved Solar Eclipse Timer, however, is now an easy to use smartphone app containing unique features. It’s like having your own personal astronomer!
On the 21st of this month, there will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for many people to use this app in order to ensure that they can observe the Solar Eclipse. According to the press release, once in the path of totality, with just two taps of your fingertip, the app determines your location using GPS, calculates precise contact times, and is ready to “talk” you through the eclipse.
Eclipse observing, as you may know, is a social event. While people gather together and wait for the eclipse to start, there are many distractions that can lead them to miss the chance to enjoy the small nuances of the event like changes in temperature or lighting. The Solar Eclipse Timer audibly reminds observers to look for these partial phase phenomena with announcements at the proper times.
The app also offers a demo session, used to practice photography that plays a totality movie that is synchronized with the timers. For serious photographers, the app offers a very unique calculator that lists time to take partial phase images so that later, those images can be used to create gorgeous, equally spaced partial phase image compilaions.
Created for first-time eclipse observers as well as veteran eclipse chasers, Solar Eclipse Timer is available for Android and Apple users.