Get Ready for the Eclipse 2017

Monday, August 21, 2017

Seeing a total solar eclipse is truly the opportunity of a lifetime.  The last total solar eclipse to cross the United States occurred in the year 1918–nearly one hundred years ago. This next event happens during the school hours on Monday, August 21, 2017.

Those who have experienced a total solar eclipse describe it as a “moment of awe”: during the 1918 eclipse, millions of Americans stopped what they were doing and looked up to see the sky going dark in the middle of the day! The air grew cool. Animals became confused. Stars suddenly became visible. At the moment of totality, flames of hot gas shooting off the sun’s edge became visible to the naked eye.

UPDATE: Due to overwhelming demand, as of 3 Aug 12:00pm Pacific Time, all boxes of glasses have been requested and are shipping soon. We have removed the request form below, but there are still many free eclipse glasses available at local libraries. Check your local library on this map and contact them to see if they can give you any. Be aware that we are hearing from teachers that some libraries are limiting glasses to 1 per person. Alternately, here is an article with a list of retailers selling eclipse glasses.

If you cannot easily get glasses from libraries or online retailers, our open-and-go lesson includes step-by-step instructions for how to create a pinhole viewer with classroom supplies so your students can at least still experience the solar eclipse.

Watch Video’s Below for Instructions on how to Watch Eclipse the safe way.

Click here for Tilt and Hole Sheet Download. 

1. First, you need to be aware that where you are located in the U.S. matters. Everyone who is located in the “path of totality” as pictured on this map will experience full darkness during the eclipse—this is a total solar eclipse. If you are outside of the path of totality you can still watch the moon take “a bite” out of the sun. You need solar eclipse glasses for both experiences.

2. Millions of glasses are being distributed for free at local community libraries. View the map to search for a library near you. Contact that library for details on how to get the glasses for your class.

The STAR Library Education Network has developed this map as part of its Eclipse Resource Center. Thanks to NASA Library initiative and the Moore Foundation for this!

Important Eclipse Links


Time and Date for Eclipse.

Great American Total Solar Eclipse – The most famous solar eclipses …

The first total solar eclipse (when the moon moves directly between Earth and the sun) visible in theUnited States in nearly four decades is expected to dazzle …


‘Great American Eclipse’ 2017: What it is, when it’s happening and why ……/great-american-eclipse-2017-what-it-is-when-its-happening-and-…

Jul 28, 2017 – The U.S. will go dark. Why it’s important. A total solar eclipse will happen on the continential U.S., due to the Moon passingbetween the Earth …


Great American Eclipse of 2017 – National Weather Service › Wilmington, OH

Eclipse Path; Local Cloudiness Climatology; Safety Protocols For Viewing; The Science Of It All;Important LinksEclipse Path Information …


Total Solar Eclipse 2017 – Path Through the United States

Read more about the important subject of eye safety during eclipses. … There will be several eclipsesthat pass over the US in the 21st century. This is only the …

Great American Eclipse

A total solar eclipse is coming to America on August 21, 2017. Find maps, videos, how to view, best places to go, eclipse glasses, and more.


19th century — Total solar eclipse of Aug 21, 2017 – Great American …

The story of this eclipse involves the famous American inventor, Thomas Edison. A principal goal of astronomers at this eclipse was to discern the true nature of …


NASA – Solar Eclipse Page – NASA Eclipse Web Site

The next Total Solar Eclipse visible from the USA on 2017 Aug 21 … Other useful links to past and future solar eclipses are as follows. …. Bulletins were special publications issued periodically that focused onmajor upcoming solar eclipses.


Future USA Eclipses | American Eclipse USA

The 21st Century – A “Golden Age” of American Eclipses … eclipse is centrally located for Americanobservers, and will pass directly over several major cities, …


An eclipse chaser explains why the rare celestial event shouldn’t be ……/total-solar-eclipse-chaser-2017-david-baron

6 days ago – The 1878 eclipse proved to be an important one for the US: it allowed a young country to prove that its burgeoning scientific community was …


Total Solar Eclipse 2017: When, Where and How to See It (Safely) › Skywatching

2 days ago – The so-called Great American Total Solar Eclipse will darken skies all the …. major cities and prime locations will fall inside the path of totality.