Homeschool Resources for Solar Eclipse

Total Solar Eclipse 2017

The best free science activity your kids will ever participate in is on its way next month!

On Monday, Aug. 21, a solar eclipse will be visible in states all across America, including North Carolina. The last time the contiguous United States saw a total eclipse was in 1979, and this will be the first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in 99 years.

According to NASA, a partial eclipse will be visible throughout the United States, but the path of totality will stretch from Oregon to South Carolina and in some areas, viewers will be able to see a total eclipse of the sun.

Many of us will have a great view of a partial eclipse, so I started to compile a list of websites that have really great resources and information that will help us maximize the fun and learning potential of the eclipse.

The Path of Totality in North Carolina

Many thanks to the website and to creator Xavier Jubier for the below graphic which shows us where viewing will be best in our state:

Library Events

Check your local library for solar eclipse events and viewing. Many libraries have activities going on that day and are giving our eclipse glasses for safe viewing of this amazing event.

Below you will find a list of Solar Eclipse resources including crafts, maps, videos, and links to NASA homeschool lessons and printables as well as an interactive map with linked library activities from those libraries that have registered their events with NASA.

Streaming & Apps

If you can’t be somewhere to view it, many of the below websites will be streaming the solar activity as it moves along the path. Some of them have apps that you can download to your smart phones so you and your kids can keep track of the eclipse from start to finish!

Visit the Time and Date website HERE for a database that you can search your area to see your best viewing time.

I hope you enjoy my list and feel free to add to it as you find items you want to share!

Homeschool Resources for Solar Eclipse Viewing


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