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Coming Next Week! Panasonic Total Eclipse Live by Solar Power from Australia to the World!

On the morning of November 14th, 2012, the North of Australia will witness a total solar eclipse. Panasonic, using its HIT(R) solar panels and lithium ion batteries for storage, will produce a live broadcast of this spectacular astronomical phenomenon via USTREAM.

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Filming the Sun, Using the Sun. Join us in witnessing this incredible astronomical show! Enjoy the count down until the start of the broadcast on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Broadcasting from Two Bases

The main camera at the seashore in Port Douglas and the sub camera at Fitzroy Island will shoot the total eclipse. Both cameras and broadcast systems will work on power generated by the solar panels and stored in the batteries. The videos will be available to view on the following pages.

System Used

Power Generation HIT(R) Solar Panel VBHN235SE10×9
Power Storage Portable Power Storage CB-LS01H×30
Video Capture Full HD Camera LUMIX GH2×6
Other Toughbook (Note PC), Equatorial Telescope, etc.

International Live Broadcast Times

Live Start (tentative) 11/13/2012 18:30:00(UT) 11/14/2012 4:30:00(Cairns)
Partial Eclipse Begins 11/13/2012 19:44:54(UT) 11/14/2012 5:44:54(Cairns)
Total Eclipse Begins 11/13/2012 20:38:45(UT) 11/14/2012 6:38:45(Cairns)
Mid-Eclipse (Total 1m40s) 11/13/2012 20:39:36(UT) 11/14/2012 6:39:36(Cairns)
Total Eclipse Ends 11/13/2012 20:40:26(UT) 11/14/2012 6:40:26(Cairns)
Partial Eclipse Ends 11/13/2012 21:40:14(UT) 11/14/2012 7:40:14(Cairns)
Live Finish (tentative) 11/13/2012 22:00:00(UT) 11/14/2012 8:00:00(Cairns) 

About the Total Solar Eclipse

A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon crosses between the sun and Earth, therefore effectively concealing the whole body of the sun from view. Since the total eclipse is a phenomenon in which the sun itself can't be seen, it is actually the hot gases of the Corona, the so called "diamond ring" and the "prominence" that we can actually observe. The viewing path from which someone is able to observe a total solar eclipse in its totality is very narrow, and therefore you would be lucky to see this even once in a lifetime.

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