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
Where will the eclipse be seen?
- The Total Solar Eclipse of 2017
(simulated U.S. “flyover”) video
- 2017 Solar Eclipse Transportation Face Sheet for State and Local Departments of Transportation
(approximately 200 million people live within a day’s drive of the path of this total eclipse)
When will the eclipse happen?
- NASA Eclipse website: Solar Eclipse Path
find out exact time of start/end of eclipse and totality
- Time and Date: Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017
countdown to eclipse, map of path
How can the eclipse be observed safely?
- An Observer’s Guide to Viewing the Eclipse: Solar Science, All-American Total Solar Eclipse, August 21, 2017, by Andrew Fraknoi and Dennis Schatz, NSTA (pdf)
- Eclipse Safety (NASA) (These instructions have been reviewed and endorsed by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Academy of Optometry, NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the American Astronomical Society.)
- Eyeball Safety: How to View a Solar Eclipse (video)
- How to Build a Sun Viewer (video)
- Solar Eclipse: Safe Viewing Techniques (video)
- Solar Eclipse: Hands-On Safe Viewing Techniques (video)
- How to Shoot Solar-Eclipse Images & Videos
What is an eclipse? Where can I learn more about eclipses?
- Total Solar Eclipse 2017 NASA Resources
official listing of NASA eclipse resources
- Get Ready for the Great American Eclipse
- Solar Eclipse Explorer (enter coordinates and figure out when the last time your city was in the path of totality or when the next time it will be!)
- National Eclipse
- Total Solar Eclipse 2017: When, Where and How to See It (Safely)
- Eclipse 2017
has good information explaining eclipses
- Yardstick Eclipse Activity
- NASA Glossary of Solar Eclipse Terms
- What is a Solar Eclipse? (video)
?Que es un eclipse solar? (video) (Spanish)
- Why Don’t We Have an Eclipse Every Month? (video)
- Earth-Sun-Moon Scale Model (video)
- Astronomical Society of the Pacific Eclipse Resource Guide
links to articles and books about eclipses
- Great American Eclipse
has good history of eclipses observed in America
- Five Millennium (-1999 to +3000) Canon of Solar Eclipses Database
find out about the past 11,898 solar eclipses
- USNO Eclipse Portal
search results for August 21, 2017 eclipse
great animations for worldwide eclipse, plus you can search for individual locations (and see animations for eclipses from 1501CE to 2100CE)
search results for Columbia, SC
- Mr. Eclipse
information on how to view and photograph an eclipse
- Astronomers Prepare for the 2017 Solar Eclipse spectacle
good overview and links to more resources
- Countdown Begins for 2017″s Coast-to-Coast Solar Eclipse
Sky and Telescope
videos in English and Spanish
- Einstein’s Light-Bending Concept (video)
- The Big Eclipse (children’s book by Nancy Coffelt)
- Solar Eclipse from the National Informal STEM Education Network
- Eclipses Illustrated (ebook)
- WISTV: 1M visitors possible in Columbia for rare event that could be ‘bigger than football’
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.
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)
6.4: African (Ghana, Mali, and Songhai)
Mayan, Aztecan, and Incan
Native American (Adena, Hopewell, Pueblo, Mississippian)
6.6: Italian (Renaissance)
Resources for Teachers:
- Eclipse Books (recommended by AAS)
- Solar Eclipse Myths From Around the World
- Kids Eclipse: Myths, Stories, and Historical References
- The Sun-Eating Dragon: Eclipse Stories, Myths, and Legends
- The Ancients: Mesopotamian Astronomy
- Solar Eclipses in History and Mythology: Historical Observations of Solar Eclipses
- Kidinnu, the Chaldaeans, and Babylonian astronomy
- Pre-Axial Thought: Mesopotamia
- A Demon Ate the Sun: How Solar Eclipses Inspired Superstition
- Portal to the Heritage of Astronomy:
Mesopotamia and the Middle East
Ancient and medieval Far East
The Classical World
Medieval astronomy in Europe
- Ancient Egypt: the Mythology (Apep)
- Total solar eclipses in Ancient Egypt–a new interpretation of some New Kingdom texts
- Myths & Legends Related to Eclipses
- Fiery Folklore: 5 Dazzling Sun Myths
- Eclipses in History
- Myths and Superstitions Around Solar Eclipses
- Solar eclipse: Maths and facts
- myths and demons
- Native American Eclipse Mythology
- The Myth and Rituals of Eclipses
- Native American Legends: Eclipse of the Sun blamed on Black Squirrel (A Choctaw Legend)
- Solar Eclipses in Chinese History and Mythology
- The Myth and Legends of Eclipses
- The Chinese Sky
- Eclipses in ancient cultures
- Solar Eclipses–Past, Present and Future
- Roman Eclipse
- Thales of Miletus
- Historic Eclipses
- Solar Eclipses in History
- StarTeach Astronomy Education
Astronomy of the Mayans
Astronomy of Ancient India
- Ancient Aborigines Understood Eclipses
- Solar Power: The Sun in Folklore
The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse: What You Need to Know
presentation by Matthew Whitehouse, Colette Dryden, and Carolyn Donelan