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Solar Eclipse Social Media Guide

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Are you ready for the August 21, 2017 North American Solar Eclipse? You'd better be! And, if you are on this blog, you are likely going to be taking photographs of the event and, because this is 2017, you will want to share them on social media. So, here is the brief, official unofficial B&H Photo social media guide to the big show!

Whom should you follow?

1. NASA and NASA EDGE

Your tax dollars are hard at work—doing some really cool stuff! The National Aeronautics and Space Administration cares deeply about the sun and moon daily—not just when the two align! Check out some of their solar eclipse social activities. But don’t stop there, NASA has a family of social media outlets that take you from Earth science and climate change to interplanetary travel to deep space telescope action.

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/nasa/
https://www.instagram.com/NASAGoddard/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/NASA/
https://www.facebook.com/nasaedgefan

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/NASASpaceSciEdu
https://twitter.com/NASASun
https://twitter.com/NASA_EDGE

YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/user/NASAexplorer
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF14609877EF3419B
https://www.youtube.com/user/NASAedge

Snapchat:
https://www.snapchat.com/add/nasa

Flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/groups/nasa-eclipse2017

2. The Sun Today

C. Alex Young is a heliophysicist [awesome title] at NASA and runs his own social media outlets.

Web:
http://www.thesuntoday.org/

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/thesuntoday

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/thesuntoday

YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/user/thesuntoday

Pinterest:
https://www.pinterest.com/thesuntoday/

3. Sun Viewer

When you need more sun!

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/SunViewer

4. The Google Eclipse Megamovie

B&H Photo is proud to be a supporter of this citizen-science project along with the University of California Berkeley and Google. Go there now and see if you can still register to become a part of this historic project!

Web:
https://eclipsemega.movie/

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/Eclipse2017MM

5. American Astronomical Society and National Science Foundation

One of the most comprehensive resources for the eclipse anywhere.

Web:
https://eclipse.aas.org/

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/AAS_Eclipse

6. “Mr. Eclipse” — Fred Espenak

You don’t get a name like “Mr. Eclipse” unless you know a lot of things about eclipses. Check out Fred Espenak’s site.

Web:
http://www.mreclipse.com/MrEclipse.html

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/FEspenak

7. Great American Eclipse

Another privately run, comprehensive website dedicated to the eclipse. It is created by Michael Zeiler and Polly White.

Web:
https://www.greatamericaneclipse.com/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/greatamericaneclipse/

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/AmericanEclipse

8. Space.com

All things space, all the time. Nerd-out here for hours… after you get done at the NASA sites!

Web:
https://www.space.com/

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/SPACEdotcom?cmpid=556676

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/spacecom/

HASHTAGS:

Posting your own social media eclipse images and thoughts? Here is a pretty solid hashtag list for your cutting-and-pasting pleasure:

  1. #solareclipse
  2. #solareclipse2017
  3. #eclipse
  4. #eclipse2017
  5. #astronomy
  6. #sun
  7. #moon
  8. #nature

Whom do you follow for the eclipse action? What are your social media plans? Let us know in the Comments section, below!

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How can I get eclipse glasses now?

Hey Brenda,

I wish I knew. We are sold out right now, but I am hoping we get more in.

Not quite the same, but you can always use indirect viewing methods to see the eclipse without glasses. Check this link: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/photography/tips-and-solutions/how-photograph-solar-eclipse

Good luck, Brenda!

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