FREE 2017 Solar Eclipse Observing Guide
Thanks to Andrew Fraknoi, now you can download an observing guide for the August 21, 2017, solar eclipse. This eight-page guide includes everything you need to know regarding where and when to see the eclipse (visible across all of North America), how to observe the eclipse safely, and how to understand and explain what causes it.

You may also want to check out the book “Solar Science: Exploring Sunspots, Seasons, Eclipses, and More” by Dennis Schatz and Andrew Fraknoi. This is just the resource you need to get ready for August 21, 2017—the day when millions of North Americans will have the rare chance to witness a solar eclipse. But the book’s usefulness won’t end when the eclipse does! Solar Science offers more than three dozen hands-on, inquiry-based activities on many fascinating aspects of solar astronomy. The activities cover the Sun’s motions, space weather caused by the Sun, the measurement of time and seasons in our daily lives, and much more.

The authors are award-winning experts in both astronomy and science education, so they know just how to encourage students to work like scientists by asking questions, doing experiments, comparing notes, and refining and reporting results. Solar Science is ideal for teachers, informal science educators, youth group leaders, curriculum specialists, and teacher trainers.

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Provides Public Libraries 1.26 Million Solar Viewing Glasses for the 2017 Solar Eclipse
The Space Science Institute (SSI) was awarded a grant from the Moore Foundation that will provide 1.26 million solar viewing glasses and other resources for 1,500 public libraries across the nation. They will serve as centers for eclipse education and viewing for their communities. The libraries will be selected through a registration process managed by the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) and its NASA@ My Library project. The project team includes staff at SSI’s National Center for Interactive Learning. The Project Director is Dr. Paul Dusenbery (Director of NCIL). Andrew Fraknoi (Chair of the Astronomy Department, Foothill College), Dennis Schatz (Senior Advisor, Pacific Science Center), and Douglas Duncan (Director of the University of Colorado’s Fiske Planetarium) are co-directors.

On August 21, 2017, a spectacular total eclipse of the Sun will be visible across the width of the continental U.S. for the first time since 1918. Every state will have at least 60% of the Sun covered by the Moon, and lucky people on a narrow path from Oregon to South Carolina will see the stunning beauty of totality. Because the total eclipse is only visible in the U.S., it is already being called the Great American Eclipse. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for libraries and their communities to work together to participate in a celestial event of this scope,” says Project Director Paul Dusenbery.

“Many organizations like NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the American Astronomical Society, are working together to help people understand and view the eclipse safely, and we are delighted to be part of this important educational effort.” Dr. Robert Kirshner, Chief Program Officer, Science at the Moore Foundation, adds “The Moore Foundation is pleased to help two million eyes enjoy and understand this astronomical spectacle with astronomical spectacles.”

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