General Scientific Resources

Solar Eclipse for Beginners

Shadow and Substance

  • Shadow and Substance
    A general website of astronomical information with specifics on the 2017 eclipse at the bottom of the page.
  • Shadow and Substance’s eclipse page
    Shadow and Substance’s eclipse page with a simulation for Illinois showing where totality and partial phases can be viewed.

NASA Eclipse Education

  • A starting point for all NASA resources related to teaching and exploring solar eclipses. As stated on the website, ” NASA provides offerings in the history of eclipses, science and math activities, and activities in communication and art, we cover many classroom topics in a unique, cross-curricular manner.”

NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio Eclipse Gallery

Scientifically accurate visualizations of solar eclipses including position of Earth, Moon, and the Sun and path of the Moon’s shadow from different perspectives.

  • A comprehensive eclipse website with maps, simulations and historical articles
    Total solar eclipse of 2017 | (n.d.). Retrieved July 08, 2016

The Astronomical Association of Queensland

PBS LearningMedia

  • WSIU and the Illinois public broadcasting stations offer educators from preschool through college with free access to thousands of innovative, standards-aligned digital resources, compelling student experiences, and professional development opportunities. Use search terms such as astronomy, constellation, eclipse, space, star, and telescope to explore videos, interactive lessons and other resources for teaching and learning about the eclipse.

PBS KIDS Ready Jet Go!

  • READY JET GO! is a kid’s first introduction to space, earth science, and technology, presented in an entertaining and engaging way that will inspire a life-long interest. Kids ages 3 to 8 will be learning alongside a seasoned space traveler. As an alien from Borton 7, Jet sees our Planet Earth like we want our kids to see it: with a sense of curiosity and wonder.