On the morning of November 14, 2012, the North of Australia witnessed a
total solar eclipse. Panasonic, powered solely by its HIT(R) solar
panels and lithium-ion batteries for storage, succeeded in a live
broadcast of this spectacular astronomical phenomenon via USTREAM.
Panasonic's LUMIX GH2 attached through a telescope captured the dramatic moment for about two minutes. (Photo: Business Wire)
Here's a flash report by Correspondent reporter, Scott Mellish, product
and technology trainer at Panasonic Australia!
The solar eclipse was broadcasted from two bases at seashore, Port
Douglas and Fitzroy Island, 60km far northwest and 30km respectively
from Cairns. A few days prior to the spectacular moment, the sun was
often shyly hiding in the clouds but at the moment of the total eclipse,
the sun stood out among the intervals of cloudy weather and Panasonic's
LUMIX GH2 attached through a telescope captured the dramatic moment for
about two minutes.
The challenging 'eco-friendly' live broadcasting to the world via
Ustream achieved a total of over 800,000 viewers at the two bases as a
result of mainly word-of-mouth, especially on social media like Twitter
and Facebook. Thank you to all those who participated!
The epic challenge to "Filming the sun, using the sun" is a second for
Panasonic after the annular eclipse live from Mount Fuji, Japan in May
2012. Panasonic, as one of leading energy solutions' brands will
continue to use our technologies and ideas for life to share such
emotional, moving events in the near future. Stay tuned!
Dual Screen of the Main and the Sub *Available on
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camera : Port Douglas / Ustream
camera : Fitzroy Island / Ustream
Power Generation：HIT Solar Panel VBHN235SE10×9
Storage: Portable Power Storage CB-LS01H×30
Video Capture: Full HD
Camera LUMIX GH2×6
Other: Toughbook (Note PC), Equatorial
To view product photos: http://news.panasonic.net/archives/2012/1011_13735.html#system_used
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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