3.) Eclipse Across America 2017

3.) Eclipse Across America 2017

Total Solar Eclipse 2017 © Photo By: Sara Zimmerman, Unearthed Comics


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This book looks at solar and lunar eclipses, providing background information about the Sun, the Moon and our planet. The book covers what an eclipse is, what eclipses can look like, how they happen, the effects on wildlife, what people thought of eclipses in the past, how they are studied today, and about eclipses on other planets. A fun activity is provided along with advice on viewing eclipses. Beautiful photographs and simple text help to engage readers and aid their understanding.

One of the most beautiful natural phenomena we can see here on Earth is that of solar and lunar eclipses. Through perfect orbital timing, these events can cause the Sun to disappear and darken the sky in the middle of the day or even to create an eerie red glow seemingly by magic. This book strips the magic away to provide the space science behind these incredible events.

Solar and lunar eclipses have both frightened and fascinated humans for thousands of years. Perhaps it’s because they are one of the few events in the universe that can be seen so dramatically from Earth. This exciting and informative book describes what happens during an eclipse and why. Readers will delight in the clear easy-to-understand text and vibrant photographs.

Readers discover the difference between natural and human-made satellites in this entertaining volume. The narrative reveals fun facts about various moons in the Earth's solar system, such as Earth's moon and how it might have been formed, the moons of Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, and those of the dwarf planet Pluto. It also explains the terms "orbit," "spin," "rotation," and "eclipse." The volume provides Think About It boxes to pose questions for readers' consideration. There are also vocabulary boxes and Compare and Contrast sidebars to engage readers' intellect.

When a solar or lunar eclipse is approaching, people excitedly prepare to watch the enthralling events. They're just small reminders that other celestial bodies are out there. In this book, readers will learn with the help of diagrams and key science vocabulary how eclipses happen, when they can expect them, and the differences between partial and full eclipses. Fun facts sprinkled throughout the text will encourage stargazers to mark their calendars for the next eclipse.

From extreme heat to extreme size, the Sun is the center of our solar system and the reason we’re able to call Earth our home. In this book, readers will learn how the Sun affects Earth’s seasons, how it gives us light and heat, and what happens during a solar eclipse. A colorful design and fun fact boxes will catch readers’ eyes, while informative yet manageable text sheds light on the many mysteries of the Sun. This sizzling look into the Sun will excite even the most reluctant readers.

Astronomy is both a study and a skill, and both aspects of astronomy are thoughtfully presented in this beautiful volume that encourages readers to look to the sky. Even though our universe is vast, readers can travel to points around the solar system and galaxy through the stunning photographs and illustrations on each page. They’ll understand key points about space science through 100 interesting and accessible facts and hone their understanding through fun quizzes and activities, including making a sundial and demonstrating an eclipse for themselves and their friends.

In a series of fun and involving hands-on astronomy experiments, kids learn how space acts as a heat shield, what causes Saturn's rings, why both Earth and Mars have cold poles, how to make a star projector, and why the moon shines. They will also determine and demonstrate how the thickness of the atmosphere affects how light is bent, how to simulate solar and lunar eclipses, and how to aim a spacecraft to the moon. Featuring color illustrations and safe, simple step-by-step instructions, Janice VanCleave again shows just how much fun science can be.

Discover planets spinning through space or the inner mysteries of the earth. A universe of ideas are waiting to be explored with this brilliantly colored educational set. 11" Earth core with information, shuttle, lander and astronauts, 20" solar and lunar eclipses, 9 planets. 26 pieces, 12 page lesson guide.

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Download the Full Solar Eclipse Map of the United States - here! This unique map shoes the path of the moon's umbral shdow-in which the sun will be completely obscured by the moon-during the total solar eclipse of Aug. 21, 2017, as well as the fraction of the sun's area covered by the moon outside the path of totality.

Download the Eclipse Fact Sheet - here! The fact sheet provides key facts about the August 2017 total solar eclipse and sample activities.

Download the "How Eclipses Work" Fact Sheet - here!

Download the 'Eclipse History" Fact Sheet - here!

Download the Fact Sheet about Eye Safety During an Eclipse - here!

Download the Eye Safety Bulletin - here!

Download the Eclipse Information Brochure with Bookmark - here! The brochure has a star chart and composite image of the sun. It also identifies things you may see during totality such as bright stars and planets and key features in the sun's corona.

Dowload the Eclipse Poster - here!

Download the Eclipse Red-White-and-Blue Poster - here!

Download the Eclipse Information Card - here for a composite image of the sun and links to the NASA eclipse educational website and NASA social media accounts.

Download the Eclipse Website Resource Page that includes some of the resources available on the NASA eclipse education website - here!

Download the Eclipse Kit from NASA - To Prepare for the rare sight,an Eclipse Kit has been developed with activities suitable for families, community outreach and summer camp programs. The kit includes fun hands-on STEM activities and an activity guide with a number of online extension resources. The PDF can be downloaded - - here!

An Observer's Guide to Viewing The Eclipse All-American Total Solar Eclipse can be found - here!
Download the Eclipse Glossary - here!

Community Resources:

What's Up! "What's Up?" articles are short stories about the cosmos appropraite in lenght for cschool and community newsletters. Visit What's Up with NASA - here!

Get your FREE 2017 Solar Eclipse Guide - A Guide for Public Libraries and Their Communities - here!

Download the Black Background Flyer - here!

Download the White Background Flyer - here!

Download the Occur Background Flyer - here!

Download Flyer 2 - Black Background Flyer - here!

Download Flyer 2 - White Background Flyer - here!

Download Flyer 2 - Occur Background Flyer - here!

Make Your Own Flyers! Just Download the jpg images below:

Download the Occur Image -- here!

Download the Eclipse Image -- here!

Download the Black Image -- here!

DOT Resources - Road Closures, Traffic, Satellite Imagery and Animation of the total solar eclipse - here!

National Informal STEM Network: Exploring Earth: Bear's Shadow: "Exploring Earth: Bear’s Shadow" is a hands-on activity designed primarily for young visitors and their families. Participants move a flashlight around an object to make and experiment with shadows. The activity can be connected to a storybook about a little bear exploring his own shadow, and also has connections to the geometry of a solar eclipse as the Moon and Sun cast a shadow onto Earth. Click here for project links.
Exploring the Solar System: Big Sun, Small Moon: "Exploring the Solar System: Big Sun, Small Moon" is a hands-on activity that explores the concept of apparent size and allows visitors to experience this phenomena using familiar objects—a tennis ball and a beach ball. Participants learn that the Sun and Moon appear the same size in our sky because although the Sun is much bigger than the Moon, it is also much farther away. Click here for project links.

Exploring the Solar System: Solar Eclipse: "Exploring the Solar System: Solar Eclipse" is a hands-on activity demonstrating how the particular alignment of the Sun, Earth, and Moon can cause an eclipse. Visitors investigate the positions of these objects to create shadows and learn about the total solar eclipse that will traverse the continental United States in August, 2017. Click here for project links.

Eclipse Pinhole Postcard: These pinhole projector eclipse postcards allow you to safely observe the North American Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017. The two sided postcard features a map of the contiguous US and what percentage of the eclipse you’ll see at different locations. The other side shows how to see the eclipse safely using projection through the hole in the center of the card (you can punch it out) and tips about the eclipse. Available in English and Spanish. Click here for project links.

Join the Museum Alliance! Coonnect to More than 1,400 professionals at over 700 U.S. and 90 international museums, science centers, planetariums, NASA Visitor Centers, Challenger Centers, observatory and park visitor centers, nature centers, zoos, aquariums, libraries, camps, and youth-serving organizations are partners in the NASA Museum Alliance. These organizations use NASA educational products, images, visualizations, video, and information in their educational and public programs and exhibits. Find one near you! Click here to learn more!

The STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) wants to work with public libraries across the U.S. to participate in this national event. Some fortunate libraries will be able to experience a total solar eclipse, though every library in the country will observe at least a partial eclipse. When your eclipse event is planned, you can share your press release, flyer, website link or other promotional material with the STAR_Net team to receive 50 free Solar Shades for your patrons to watch the eclipse! (Shades are available on a first come, first serve basis.) Click here to explore a map of the libraries (link is external) that have registered to host an eclipse event for their communities. Each pin contains the library’s name and website. The STAR_Net team and NASA invites subject matter experts (e.g. Solar System Ambassadors, Night Sky Network members, astronomers) to partner with public libraries to make this a successful and memorable event.

Interpreting the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017: This series of 8 webinars provides opportunities for interpreters and other informal educators to: Learn from NASA experts about the science and mechanics of a total solar eclipse, the nature of our Sun, recent research about Earth’s Moon, and how the Sun-Earth-Moon system interactions affect life on our planet Learn about and gain access to a variety of eclipse-related hands-on activities and many NASA eclipse resources Explore ideas about interpreting the eclipse, including ways to tie this amazing celestial event to natural and cultural themes at your site, and Gain tips for viewing and photographing the eclips- here

To access the webinars and related materials, log in to Earth to Sky

Other Resources:
© Animated Eclipse Image Courtesy of Best Animations

The Exploratorium will be LIVE Streaming Images of the Sun during Eclipse from the Path of Totality. Click here to be redirected to the Exploratorium Live Streaming Event.

Looking for an Event? Check out the Event Location Map from NASA - here! The Event Locations Map shoes Official NASA Viewing Locations, General Events, Libraries having Events, NASA's Museum Alliance Sites, NASA's Space Grant Ballooning Project Event Sites, NASA's Solar System Ambasasdors Sites, and NPS Federal Land Sites.

For Even More Events Check Out National Eclipse

NASA Space Place - NASA’s award-winning Space Place website engages upper-elementary-aged children in space and Earth science through interactive games, hands-on activities, fun articles, and short videos. With material in both English and Spanish and numerous resources for parents and teachers, Space Place has something for everyone. Learn about everything from black holes and wild space weather to the reasons for seasons here on Earth. The Space Place has material on space, the Sun, the Solar System, our own planet, and the scientists and technology that make discovery possible

Resource Courtesy of ClickSchooling: Cool Cosmos: Grades K-9 with Parental Supervision. At this website, NASA scientists and astronomers at the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center and the SIRTF Science Center answer kids' questions about the universe in entertaining video format.
Plus, the site provides free classroom activities, lessons, tutorials, image galleries, games, and resources that can be used to sate the curiosity of anyone interested in learning about the universe.

KidsAstronomy.com, part of the KidsKnowIt Network, is the absolutely free astronomy resource designed to teach children about the exciting world of outer space. Learning about science should never be boring.

The KidsKnowIt Network also offers FREE Educational Astronomy Songs - here!

The National Informal STEM Educator Network has a WONDERFUL Explose Science: Earth and Space 2017 Toolkit - here! The toolkit is a wealth of STEM resources! It includes: Planning and Promotional Materials (including Planning and Promo Guide - Welcome Letter, Photo Release Forms, Customizable Digital Copies of ALL Promotional Materials and Spanish Resources as well), Training Materials including content training videos, Hands-on STEM Activities, and a Solar Eclipse Planning Mini-Kit!

Exploring the Solar System: Solar Eclipse Activities can be found - here!

Check Out NASA's Eyes! There is an interactive 3D simulation, you can click anywhere on the Earth to preview your view of the August 21st, 2017 total eclipse - here!

Learn how to build a Cereal Box Eclipse Viewer - here!

Explore "The Vanishing Sun" with Eclipse Tales from Around the World - here!

Closer to the Event Time - NASA will Provide Press Kits and those can be found - here!

FREE Educational Astronomy Posters can be dowloaded and printed - here!

Eclipse Animations by Rice University.

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