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2017 Total Solar Eclipse Infographic

Are your kids excited about the total solar eclipse this summer? Want a handy way to teach them about eclipses? Here’s a great infographic from Space.com that illustrates what causes eclipses and the different kinds you might see.

2017 Total Solar Eclipse

Quick STEM Tip

You can spend an entire week investigating eclipses. The best application is to figure out the math that determines when an eclipse will occur.

Bonus #1: If you have an artist in the house, have your child draw the relationship of the sun, moon, and earth during an eclipse.

Bonus #2: Take a look through your history books and see when an eclipse occurred at the same time as a major historical event.

WARNING: Never view the sun, even during a total solar eclipse, without protective eye wear.

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Total Solar Eclipse 2017 – 5 Best Online Resources

Total Solar Eclipse 2017 - 5 Best Online ResourcesA total solar eclipse doesn’t come around very often in North America. The last one was 40 years ago and the one happening this year has been getting a lot of attention.

The eclipse will cast a shadow across 12 states as it moves across the country. If you’re along the path of totality, you’ll see the sky plunge into darkness for up to 3 minutes during the day. If you live where where the total solar eclipse isn’t visible, you’ll still see a beautiful partial eclipse.

You’ll want to make sure you have protective eye wear for safely viewing the eclipse. There are some links in the sidebar to solar shades. It’s a good idea to buy some now before supplies run low and prices go up.

Here are the 5 Best Resources I’ve Found for the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017:

  • NASA Eclipse 2017 – NASA’s official site for the 2017 North American solar eclipse. Get the latest news and scientific data about the eclipse and find out out you can participate as a citizen astronomer.
  • Great American Eclipse – Here you’ll find a lot of great original content like videos, posters, and graphics as well as information about eclipse parties in ever state.
  • Eclipse 2017 – Provides a lot of great general information about the upcoming eclipse and detailed information about viewing in specific cities along the path of totality.
  • Kids Eclipse – Designed for grade K thru 6th grade, Kids Eclipse is produced by an an elementary school teacher to guide children through this spectacular and mystical celestial event.
  • Mr. Eclipse – Technical information from a retired NASA astrophysicist and eclipse expert. Includes thorough explanations of the event with links and resources.

Sound Off

Are you travelling to see the total solar eclipse or do you live in a state where it will be visible. Have you planned any activities around the event? Let me know in the comments below!

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Turn Off the Lights to See What You’re Missing – The Wired Homeschool

I like astronomy. I encourage people to learn about the night sky and have at least a basic knowledge of what you’re seeing at night. You may have gone outside and looked up at the night sky and thought, “I don’t get it. It’s not impressive.” There’s a reason for that: light pollution. It doesn’t just prevent us from seeing the sky as God intended but also affects wildlife and our own ability to sleep. The next time you get an opportunity to look up in the night, think about this video and you’ll understand why I love astronomy and revel in God’s beautiful creation.

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5 Android Apps for Star Gazers and Amateur Astronomers – The Wired Homeschool

Astronomy is a fun and challenging hobby. Learning about the night sky puts us in touch with the motions of the universe. Time, seasons, and more are all associated with the night sky and learning about our planet’s position in the solar system and universe will help you and your children to understand how the great explorers could navigate the world centuries ago.

Getting started with astronomy used to be difficult. You’d have to get your hands on star charts or at least a Farmer’s Almanac to familiarize yourself with the night sky. Now, there are tools available in the palm of your hand that can help you learn about our vast universe.

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