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  • 1.  Solar Eclipse August 2017

    Posted 06-26-2017 10:05 PM
    On August 21 a solar eclipse will be visible in the United States. This brief astronomical event will be noticeable. We can prepare our children for the experience by learning about it ourselves. Here are some resources:

    Andrew Fraknoi's and Dennis Schatz's guide, "An Observer's Guide to Viewing the Eclipse," published by the National Science Teachers Association (free download).

    Eyes Eclipse 2017: In this interactive, web-based 3D simulation, you can click anywhere on the Earth to preview your view of the August 21st, 2017 total eclipse. This will work in the web browser on your desktop or laptop, as well as on newer tablets and mobile phones, in either iOS or Android operating systems. 

    Solar Eclipse FAQ

    Courtesy Professor Patricia Reiff, the Rice Space Institute

    Remember to protect your eyes by never looking directly at the sun. Because children like to prove how "strong" they are, I tell them that even if it doesn't hurt immediately, the intense sunlight will damage their eyes inside, and they will later have problems, so never, ever, look directly at the sun. There are special black or aluminized polymer filters or glasses available for sale: see "An Observer's Guide to Viewing the Eclipse"for a list of reliable sources.

    Peggy Ashbrook
    Early childhood science teacher
    Alexandria, VA
    NSTA The Early Years columnist, Science and Children
    Early Years blogger,
    Author: Science Learning in the Early Years, and
    Science Is Simple