8 March 2016

Panasonic to broadcast solar eclipse live from Ternate, Indonesia

Source: Panasonic blog post. Map showing Ternate Island and path of the solar eclipse.

Panasonic will conduct a live broadcast of the 9 March 2016 solar eclipse from Ternate island in Indonesia. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon comes in between the sun and the planet Earth.

Panasonic will leverage its portable Power Supply Container for the broadcast. The container can generate approximately 3kW of electricity and store it in 24 built-in lead-acid storage batteries. The stored energy will be supplied to a Panasonic LUMIX GH4 camera attached to a telescope to capture the astronomical phenomenon. Solar energy will also power the mobile computers, production and editing equipment, Internet connection and other supporting technology used.


This year’s live broadcast will be available on Ustream, YouTube Live and Periscope. The international live broadcast timings are (Indonesia time on March 9, UTC + 7):

Live broadcast begins (tentative) 03:00
Partial eclipse begins 06:36 
Total eclipse begins 07:50
Maximum eclipse 07:53
Total eclipse Ends 07:56
Partial eclipse ends 09:20
Live broadcast ends (tentative) 10:00

Hashtag: #PanasonicSolarEclipse