Why Do Eclipses Happen? - The Yardstick Eclipse Demonstration [Activity - Shadows and Silhouettes]

Why Do Eclipses Happen? - The Yardstick Eclipse Demonstration [Activity - Shadows and Silhouettes]

  • Daytime Event
  • Nighttime Event
  • Inside Venue
  • Target Audience
  • Child, Teen, Adult
Using simple materials - just a yardstick and a couple of small balls - participants create 3D models of the Earth, Moon and Sun and demonstrate solar and lunar eclipses. 

You can extend this activity with help from the links below.

Last Updated: September 2016
 

Video

Video: Why Do Eclipses Happen?

This video demonstrates how to present the activity to a small group.

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Daytime Event
Daytime Event
Nighttime Event
Nighttime Event
Inside Venue
Inside Venue
Outside Venue
Outside Venue
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