last updated Dec. 16,
The goal of this project
is to bring the total eclipse of the Sun on February 26, 1998 to
the World Wide Web, so that children all over the world, in schools, at
home on their PCs, in libraries and other places will be able to observe
and witness the awsome excitement found during a total eclipse.
The path of totality will
range from the Pacific (Galapagos islands), through Panama,
Venezuela and the southern Caribbean over to the Atlantic.
We intend to place observation stations along that path which will be equipped
with video cameras, portable computers and telecommunications devices.
The observations made will be sent to a central site, from where mirror
sites will be further distributing the event all over the web.
Given the many observation
posts we'll have, the combined duration of the totality could be
30 minutes or more.
Something similar has been
done in the recent past (see http://www.solar-eclipse.org).
This project will add some three-dimensional aspects to the phenomenon:
a VRML (Virtual Reality Modelling Language) world of the Caribbean, including
video streams mapped into the 3D world. This will let a viewer 'sit down'
on the deck of a cruise ship, 'look up' and watch the eclipse - LIVE as
There might also be interesting
sites to visit (if time permits and we have the proper resources), such
and more. The intent is to
make sure children will want to visit and revisit this site before, during
and after the main event - the total eclipse with over 4 minutes of totality
in most places!
Everyone is invited to contribute:
scenic pictures, text essais, movie clips, live video feeds (livecams),
computer art and realistic rendering. Of particular interest are web-based
games and graphics intensive educational trips.
For further information,
sunken pirate ships
of the Caribbean,
a dinosaur graveyard
at the bottom of the Yucatan peninsula's meteor impact crater,
an active volcano
in Mont Serrat,
a talking statue of Darwin,
sitting on a turtle's back,
a Magic Schoolbus
parked on the model of the FASCINATION, from Carnival Cruise, and a 3D
model of Miss Frizzle (or other famous character) witnessing the
eclipse next to real persons on deck
a diving simulator racing
game across the Panama canal, with a 3D model of Jacques Cousteau!
and lots of sharks
a 'Chase the Java Beans'
game in the mountains of Colombia, with Tintin on the roof of a train
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