The Great American Eclipse Is Coming

Are you as excited as we are??

On August 21, 2017, millions of people from coast to coast across the United States will be able to see a total solar eclipse for the first time since 1918.  Eclipses have been called “breathtaking,” “once in a lifetime,” and “unlike anything you’ve ever experienced”. In the path of totality, for approximately two minutes, the Earth will be dark as the moon completely covers the sun. During this time, you will be able to see the sun’s atmosphere, called the corona. Cloudless skies permitting, stars and even planets you’ve never seen will be visible as day turns to night, a sight not to be repeated for years to come.

Outside of the path of totality, it will still be possible to observe a partial solar eclipse, where the moon covers part of the sun. Because the path of totality runs through fourteen US states, this event has been dubbed the Great American Eclipse. However, lots of people in other parts of North America, South America, Africa, and Europe will get a glimpse of a partial eclipse as well.

Photo by Wolfgang Strickling / CC BY-SA 2.5
Path of totality for the August 21, 2017 Eclipse

Want to learn more? DreamUp wants to make sure you have access to fantastic resources to help you get prepared for this incredible, once-in-a-lifetime event!

More information on the eclipse:

Eclipse planning:

  • The New York Times has some tips for planning a last-minute eclipse trip
  • A great viewing guide from the National Science Teachers’ Association to find out how to watch the eclipse

Resources for educators:

Eclipse activities:

Make sure to get some eclipse glasses if you plan on observing the eclipse! These special glasses protect your eyes from the sun and are easily found and purchased online (but please make sure they meet the proper ISO 12312-2 international safety standards).

For more advice on solar eclipse safety, visit NASA’s eclipse safety page, and see the American Astronomical Society’s list of reputable vendors of solar filters and viewers.

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