Solar Eclipse 2017

It is NEVER safe to look directly at the Sun without eye protection
if any part of photosphere is visible.
More information here:  Eye Safety During Solar Eclipses

Monday, August 21, 2017

Through the Eyes of NASA:  Total Eclipse August 21, 2017

SC State Museum Solar Eclipse 2017

Where will the eclipse be seen?

When will the eclipse happen?

How can the eclipse be observed safely?

What is an eclipse?  Where can I learn more about eclipses?

Relevant SC Curriculum Standards


Science and Engineering Practices

  • Develop and use models to (1) understand or represent phenomen, processes, and relationships, (2) test devices or solutions, or (3) communicate ideas to others.
  • Obtain and evaluate informational texts, observations, data collected, or discussions to (1) generate and answer questions, (2) understand phenomena, (3) develop models, or (4) support explanations, claims, or designs.  Communicate observations and explanations using the conventions of oral and written language.

1.P.2A.3:  Conduct structured investigations to answer questions about how shadows change when the position of the light source changes.

1.E.3A.3:  Obtain and communicate information to describe how technology has enabled the study of the Sun, the Moon, planets, and stars.

4.E.3B.1:  Analyze and interpret data from observations to describe patterns in the (1) location, (2) movement, and (3) appearance of the Moon throughout the year.

4.E.3B.3:  Construct explanations of how the Sun appears to move throughout the day using observations of shadows.

4.P.4A.5:  Plan and conduct scientific explanations to explain how light behaves when it strikes transparent, translucent, and opaque materials.

8.E.4B.4:  Develop and use models to explain how motions within the Sun-Earth-Moon system cause Earth phenomena (including day and year, mon phases, solar and lunar eclipses, and tides).

8.E.4B.6:  Analyze and interpret data from the surface features of teh Sun (including photosphere, coronoa, sunspots, prominences, and solar flares) to predict how these features may affect Earth.

Social Studies

K-1.1:  Identify the location of his or her home, school, neighborhood, and city or town on a map.

2-1.5: Identify on a map or globe the location of his or her local community, state, nation, and continent.

(Find eclipse stories from different cultures…)

6-1:  The river valley civilizations of
the Tigris and Euphrates (Mesopotamia),
the Nile (Egypt), the Indus (India), and
the Huang He (China)

6.2:  Greek

6.3:  Chinese

6.4:  African (Ghana, Mali, and Songhai)
Mayan, Aztecan, and Incan
Native American (Adena, Hopewell, Pueblo, Mississippian)

6.5:  European

6.6:  Italian (Renaissance)

Resources for Teachers:

The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse:  What You Need to Know
presentation by Matthew Whitehouse, Colette Dryden, and Carolyn Donelan