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                         Solar Eclipse 2017

 Solar Eclipse 08-21-17



            The Solar Eclipse Experience

             A Guide to Viewing the Solar Eclipse

There will be an eclipse of the Sun visible throughout the U.S. on Monday, August 21. 

The eclipse will be total on a narrow path, only 60 to 70 miles wide, stretching from a beach in Oregon to the barrier islands off the coast of South Carolina.  The rest of the U.S. (and Canada and Mexico) will see a partial eclipse; this free science lesson in the sky will be visible to an estimated 500 million people.


 The following new materials are relevant for the eclipse.

1)      Thanks to a grant from the Moore Foundation and Google, 2 million free eclipse-viewing glasses will be distributed nationwide through public libraries.  Libraries who register are receiving packages of glasses and a 36-page color booklet with information about the eclipse, safe viewing, and whom they can partner with to do outreach events.  You can find a list of participating libraries at:   And you can download your own copy of the booklet at:

2)      A handy free app, called TOTALITY, for finding eclipse circumstances at your location and learning more about the August eclipse, is now available for Apple products at:  A free Android version will be ready in a few weeks.   This is being sponsored by astronomer Jeff Bennett’s educational organization, Big Kids Science.

3)      NSTA Press has just published a children’s book by Dennis Schatz and me about eclipses, called When the Sun Goes Dark.  It’s a story-based, hands-on activity approach to understanding eclipses and viewing them safely.  We hope it’s a useful book for your school library, as well as for families with kids ages 8 – 13.  You can see more information about it and some early reviews at:
















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