How to Watch Today's Solar Eclipse Live, No Cable Required

It’s finally here. The total solar eclipse that hasn’t happened in the US since 1979, and won’t happen again from coast to coast until 2045. But if you can’t see it in person, don’t sweat it. Gizmodo has got you covered.


The total solar eclipse starts around 10am Pacific time and ends on the east coast around 3pm, with a partial eclipse on either end of that. The eclipse itself will last less than 3 minutes from any vantage point, but even if you’re not one of the millions of people expected to flock to the path of totality to view it in person, you can still watch online thanks to this glorious invention called the internet.

Below we have livestreams on everything from YouTube to Facebook to virtual reality. Some of the streams even include a 360 degree feature that lets you swivel your head like you’re really there. So don’t despair. Watching online also allows you to avoid permanent eye damage. Not to mention the fact that it lets you avoid having to be near other humans.


There are plenty of different ways to watch the total solar eclipse on YouTube:

  • PBS Newshour has a livestream of the solar eclipse on YouTube.
  • NBC News has a livestream of the solar eclipse on YouTube.
  • And CBS News has its own stream of the solar eclipse on YouTube.

Time magazine also has a special 360 degree livestream on YouTube from Casper, Wyoming that allows you to click and drag.


  • Gizmodo has a livestream on our Facebook.
  • NASA is streaming the solar eclipse on its Facebook page.
  • CNN is also livestreaming on Facebook.


Twitter is partnering with The Weather Channel to provide a livestream of the solar eclipse. Twitter has live shots from 10 different locations as it moves across the country.


Virtually every news outlet will also be streaming the solar eclipse on their websites, including NBC News, ABC News, and CBS News.


Virtual Reality

CNN also has a virtual reality option that you can find on its website. If you have a VR headset, or even if you don’t, there are different ways to watch in “virtual reality” over at CNN.


In Person

And if you’re watching live, you’ve no doubt heard the warnings. But they’re worth repeating. Don’t stare at the solar eclipse directly. It will cause permanent damage to your eyes, and it’s no joke.


Matt Novak is a senior writer at Gizmodo and founder of He's writing a book about the movies U.S. presidents watched at the White House, Camp David, and on Air Force One.



Important warning about the solar eclipse for those lucky enough to be in the path of totality.

The Dark Side of the Moon album runs 42 minutes and 49 seconds. You DO NOT want to start the album early otherwise you will ruin the whole event for yourself and all those around you.

Please find out what time totality is supposed to occur in your area, deduct 42 minutes and 49 seconds from that time, and only begin the album at that second.

You want the album to end right at the moment the corona becomes visible as that is when you will be at peak Floyd.

Thank you for you time.