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NatGeo’s Eclipse Across America | Cristina Mittermeier on Witnessing and Photographing Historic Event

A full solar eclipse, a rare celestial event that occurs only every couple of decades, is set to grace the skies of the United States. While some parts of the country will experience a full solar eclipse, others will be treated to a partial one. To bring this extraordinary event to your screens, National Geographic and ABC are teaming up to broadcast Eclipse Across America in real time.

Anchored by ABC News’s David Muir and Linsey Davis, the two-hour special features many National Geographic talent witnessing the historical event, including Mariana van Zeller and Cristina Mittermeier.

The event takes place on April 8th at 2 p.m. EDT on ABC, ABC News Live, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Disney+, Hulu, and all network social media platforms.

The two-hour event spans across ten different cities in North America from Mexico to Maine, each witness 100 percent totality of the eclipse. Eclipse Across America will broadcast all the locations of their experiences.

  • Mazatlán, Mexico – Approximately 2:07-2:11 p.m. EDT with ABC News correspondent Matt Rivers;
  • Del Rio, Texas – Approximately 2:28-2:32 p.m. EDT with ABC News national correspondent Mireya Villarreal and Miriam van Zeller;
  • Dallas, Texas – Approximately 2:40-2:44 p.m. EDT with GMA3 co-anchors DeMarco Morgan and ABC News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jenniver Ashton and a live check-in with Tafreshi at Frio Cave;
  • Russellville, Arkansas – Approximately 2:51-2:54 p.m. EDT with ABC News foreign correspondent Maggie Rulli with hundreds of couples saying “I do” at the Total Eclipse of the Heart mass wedding;
  • Carbondale, Illinois – Approximately 2:59-3:05 p.m. EDT with ABC News chief meteorologist Ginger Zee and Isler and Southern Illinois University;
  • Indianapolis, Indiana – Approximately 3:06-3:09 p.m. EDT with Good Morning America weekend co-anchor Gio Benitez at the Indy 500 Speedway;
  • Cleveland, Ohio – Approximately 3:13-3:17 p.m. EDT with Good Morning America co-anchor Whit Johnson at the Great Lakes Science Center;
  • Niagara Falls, New York – Approximately 3:18-3:22 p.m. EDT with ABC News meteorologist Rob Marciana and Cristina Mittermeier close to the Falls. ABC News multiplatform reporter Reena Roy will be reporting live from this location for ABC NewsOne, the affiliate news service of ABC News.
  • Burlington, Vermont – Approximately 3:26-3:29 p.m. EDT with Muir and Davis at ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain;
  • Houlton, Maine – Approximately 3:32-3:35 p.m. EDT, at one of the last communities in America to see the eclipse.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta spoke with National Geographic photographer Cristina Mittermeier ahead of the event. We talked about the historic occasion, the science, and how to properly witness the event without injuring yourself or damaging your phone.

Watch the exclusive interview below. Let us know what you think of the interview.

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Source: LRM Online Exclusive, National Geographic

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