On Monday afternoon, August 21, millions of people across the United States will see nature’s wondrous spectacle — an eclipse of the Sun! A total eclipse is a scene of unimaginable beauty; the Moon completely blocks the Sun, daytime becomes a deep twilight, and the Sun’s corona shimmers in the darkened sky.

Begins: Monday, August 21, 2017 at 1:02 pm

Maximum: Monday, August 21, 2017 at 2:27 pm

Ends: Monday, August 21, 2017 at 3:48 pm

Duration: 2 hours, 46 minutes

The total eclipse will not be visible from northwest Ohio, but we will see 80-90% coverage of the Sun. The Appold Planetarium has resources to help you make the most of this spectacular teaching opportunity.

  • Planetarium shows to explain the science behind solar and lunar eclipses, with age-appropriate explanations and simulations. $3 per student, $4 per adult, with one free adult admission for every ten students. Our weather is always perfect!
  • Eclipse glasses to view the sun safely, $1 per pair.Eclipse Shades


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.

  • Safety first! Read how to view the eclipse safely from professional eye experts.
  • Watch the Baily’s Beads video created by Don Davis with NASA HEC support © Rice University 2017.
  • 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.
  • Become a citizen scientist by contributing your eclipse photos.
  • 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.

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.