Watch: Teaching Students About the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

An Animation for Science Teachers, Parents, and Kids!

In a few days, the United States will bear witness to a total solar eclipse — a spectacular celestial event that’s rarely visible from any specific location on earth. The last time a total solar eclipse passed from coast to coast in the U.S. was 1918, and it won’t visit the U.S. again until 2024 — and in that occurrence, it will hit fewer states.

That means that the 2017 eclipse is likely a once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunity for children across the country. To make the science behind the event accessible for young learners, we’ve created a fun animation featuring the stars of eclipse: the one and only Moon, and her pal, Sun. Check it out here:

To learn more about the 2017 total solar eclipse, explore the following resources:

NASA will be live-streaming the eclipse on the day of the event here:

Be aware that there are counterfeit eclipse glasses on the market. Find a list of vendors approved by the American Astronomical Society here, and NASA safety info here.

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