Location data offers eclipse insight

Coupling Location Intelligence with celestial events elevates a once-in-a-lifetime experience

Tue Aug 15 13:42:00 EDT 2017

For millennia, human beings have been fascinated, terrified, and inspired by solar eclipses. On August 21st, a total solar eclipse will darken large parts of the continental United States, from Oregon to South Carolina; and even for those of us not fortunate enough to live in the path of totality - the area that will be in total darkness - it’s probable that we’ll see at least some of the moon pass in front of the sun.  The rare event is expected to attract millions of people to the states under the moving shadow as it crosses the country.

This will be the first total eclipse in the US since 1991, although we won’t need to wait quite so long until the next one. In 2024, people all the way from Texas up to New England will get their turn to gaze upwards. The highlight of the show is, as ever, the sun’s corona peeking out from behind the moon (viewed through specialized eclipse eyewear, of course).

Interestingly enough the eclipse path appears to defy physics, traveling in reverse across the USA, flouting the expectation of the Sun rising in the East and setting in the West, and as with any sort of celestial sighting, where you are located makes a difference regarding what you can see, and for how long. Over the years our ways of tracking the eclipse on its path across the planet have improved, and now, thanks to NASA and Location Intelligence, you’re able to not only track the eclipse itself, but also find viewing parties at national parks, libraries and museums. Attending an eclipse event within one of the 14 states in the path of totality ensures that you’ll get to experience the full coverage.

Pitney Bowes offers Location Intelligence solutions for a variety of industries. In the office this week, we’ve had some fun with these capabilities to track your position in relation to the eclipse. By entering a relevant address below, find the position of the eclipse in relation to that location, the viewing ranges on August 21st, as well as nearby events where you can share in some live eclipse fun.

We’re looking forward to demonstrating the reach and breadth of our data, software, and API products, while bringing you closer to this rare and beautiful event. Ready for the eclipse? Take a look at our application below, put on your viewing gear and raise your head to the sky as Pitney Bowes takes a giant leap for Location Intelligence.

Your username for this adventure is "Eclipse" and so is your password


Want to participate even more? Help report Eclipse effects on local weather.  You can help scientists see how the weather and atmosphere is effected by the eclipse by downloading this Global Observer App and inputting anything you observe. This app will be available on August 18th. In the meantime, our PB Weather Bundle Data can demonstrate what kind of weather is historically expected on August 21st, in your relevant area.

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