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General Scientific Resources

Solar Eclipse for Beginners

Solar eclipse for beginners
General information on the science of a solar eclipse with resource links

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

Detailed information on solar eclipses, and classroom activities with downloadable detailed lesson plans

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.

Historic / Primary Source Resources

1878 Observing the Total Eclipse

A primary source document from 1878 on how to observe a total solar eclipse. It includes a template for drawing the corona, and government instructions for observing the eclipse both with your eye or a camera. The template is on page 31 with an example on page 33.

James Fenimore Cooper’s Article on the 1806 Eclipse

James Fenimore Cooper’s recollections of the 1806 eclipse. The article is a detailed description of his experience viewing the eclipse.

Maria Mitchell’s account of the 1869 Eclipse

Maria Mitchell, the Vassar astronomer who headed an all-female expedition to Denver for the 1878 eclipse, also brought Vassar students to the 1869 eclipse in Iowa. Here is an essay she wrote about that experience.