Planetarium

ECLIPSE LINKS

The total solar eclipse is on August 21, 2017. This will be visible in the continental United States for the first time in almost 40 years.

  • Our favorite maps and animations, plus travel advice for people willing to travel to see the eclipse.
  • This simulator from NASA lets you watch the eclipse from any location.
  • Videos, short and clear, that explain why eclipses are rare, how to view an eclipse safely, and more.
  • An elementary school teacher put together this lesson plan for teaching about the upcoming eclipse.
  • Try these 2 easy activities to explain why eclipses happen!
  • This is the place to read about everything from phases of the moon to past & future eclipses!
  • If you want to read just one document, download this PDF.

Eclipse Viewing Glasses $1 each

Eclipse Shades

Recommended Links

  • Exploratorium: discover your weight and age on other planets!
  • Google Sky: browse the universe, locate planets and constellations in the sky, zoom in to distant galaxies and nebulae.
  • Hands-On Solar Activities: the YPOP Solar Classroom is filled with hands-on, solar related activities.

NASA Links

  • NASA Climate Kids demystifies the “Big Questions” about global climate change using 4-6th-grade-level language, colorful illustrations, humor, interactivity, and games.
  • SciJinks Weather Laboratory targets middle-schoolers. It explains the reasons for the seasons, the tides, and other weather and Earth science mysteries in colorful “Now I get it!” pages.
  • SunTrek: take a journey into space and find out more about the Sun and its effect on the Earth.
  • The Evening Sky Map & Calendar: a two-page guide to the night sky.
  • Toledo Astronomical Association: offers star parties (open to the public) and telescope advice.