Map of the path of totality: NASA Eclipse 2017
On Monday, August 21, 2017, the Moon will pass in front of the Sun, casting its shadow across all of North America. This will be the first total solar eclipse visible in the contiguous United States in 38 years. You don't want to miss it! We have an overview below of some fantastic resources all about this exciting total solar eclipse, including where to see it, how to view it safely, the science behind eclipses, how you can participate in eclipse science though various citizen science efforts, and where to find some fun and handy mobile apps.
The Night Sky Network staff have curated a range of activities and resources to help astronomy clubs prepare their members and communities for the upcoming eclipse. You can find them on the official NSN Eclipse 2017 Resources Page.
You can also find a club or event near you using our event search page either on the day of the eclipse or in the days leading up to it.
NASA has a fantastic amount of information and resources about the upcoming eclipse, from the basics of what an eclipse is, interactive maps of the path of totality, activities and resources for educators, lists of citizen science projects, and so much more. Take a deep dive into the latest NASA science on eclipses at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/
The American Astronomical Society recently updated their Eclipse Viewing Safety Guide to include important information on how to identify safe solar "eclipse glasses." This comprehensive safety guide also covers other safe techniques on how to safely view the eclipse, such as pinhole projection.
Ready for the big day yet? Are you sure? You can use this handy Eclipse Day Checklist from Fred Espenak to make sure you are totality prepared for totality, and set your mind at ease. Sunblock, snacks, and safe solar viewers are among the top most handy items-along with the exact times for the eclipse at your exact location so you can be sure to not miss a thing!
Stay mobile and up to date with the latest eclipse news on social media by using the #Eclipse2017, #totalsolareclipse, and #solareclipse hastags on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Flickr, and other popular social media platforms. You can watch official NASA livestreams and submit your citizen science observations via mobile apps from NASA and other organizations . Share your own amazing experiences during #Eclipse2017 and may everyone enjoy clear, amazing skies this August 21, 2017!
Last Updated: August 13, 2017
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