A total solar eclipse is among the most awe-inspiring events in nature, but few people have had had the opportunity to experience one. The FREE app, Totality by Big Kid Science, aims to help change that by helping you learn about eclipses and find your way to upcoming eclipses around the world, including the 2023 annular and 2024 total eclipses that will pass across the U.S. Totality's awesome features include:
- An interactive map that shows exactly what you’ll see at any location in the world for upcoming annular and total solar eclipses, as well as a review of recent past eclipses. (Maps based on eclipse code graciously provided by Xavier Jubier.)
- Using your phone's GPS, the app will tell you what you'll see for these eclipses at your current location, as well as showing you the nearest locations where you can witness annularity or TOTALITY.
- The app offers navigation tools to help you find your best route to the path of Totality.
- The Learn screen offers options that will help you learn how to view an eclipse safely, help you understand the science behind eclipses, and much more. It even includes a set of classroom activities.
- The Shop screen offers fantastic books about space and science (including a children’s book designed to accompany the app), eclipse glasses for safe viewing (which you can use to look at the Sun at any time, not just during an eclipse), and links to some of our favorite space education non-profits.
And it's all absolutely free, including no ads, brought to you as a public service by Big Kid Science.
Totality by Big Kid Science is now available in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese.
Our new 2.0 release is here! This update adds several new eclipses, including the 2023 annular eclipse, as well as a design refresh and some major improvements behind the scenes. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Ratings and Reviews
Big Stars for Big Kid Science
I love the interactive map feature. The details of the map surpass other apps that I have looked at in preparation of the eclipse. I've even been able to use it to pinpoint the best spot on the lake to watch! I'm an elementary science lab teacher in KY where we have a path of totality nearby so I especially appreciate the tabs available to educate people about eclipses and the section on classroom activities. Ironically, I already had some of the exact activities in my lesson plans for the next couple of weeks. The free app is definitely worth taking the time to download in time for the eclipse even if you've waited until the last minute!
Best eclipse app I have found
It gives detailed information about the eclipse at your location or any location. Great for scouting out locations to determine if trees or mountains will obstruct any part of the eclipse.
The Azimuth/Altitude of each contact is extremely helpful. It isn't clear if the azimuth is referenced to true or magnetic north. I assume true, but if the app were explicit about this, it would remove any doubt.
Get this one
I downloaded 5 "eclipse" apps and this was the only one that actually gave me the information I needed to know when I can see the eclipse at my location. The others are just full of generic information and provide no free customization. This is the one to get.
Data Not Linked to You
The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:
Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More
- Germinate LLC
- 125.9 MB
- Requires iOS 9.3 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 9.3 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 9.3 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
- Age Rating
- © 2021, Big Kid Science
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.