Think Outside the Box

Think Outside the Box

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

SOLAR ECLIPSE 2017 - The Great American Eclipse

Are you Ready?  THE Astronomical event of, dare I say, the CENTURY is upon us!  On August 21, 2017, North America will witness the first Total Solar Eclipse since 1918.  This. Is. Huge!

The Path of Totality, or greatest blockage of the Sun's light, will travel from Oregon to South Carolina, right down the middle of the continental United States.  It's *almost* perfectly timed for the school day too, which means no matter what subject you teach, or if you homeschool your kiddos, you will be able to squeeze this monumental event into your day.  The eclipse begins in Madras, Oregon around 9:00 local time (PDT) and they can expect Totality to occur at 10:19 am.  Moving East throughout the day, Nebraska and Missouri will witness the phases of the eclipse for a longer period of time, with the first signs of the eclipse, First Contact, around 11:35 am and Totality around 1:00 pm.  Southern Illinois gets the lucky spot with the Greatest Duration, meaning the eclipse will last the longest there.  First signs around 11:50 am and Totality at 1:20, lasting an estimated 2 minutes and 40 seconds.  And Kentucky has the pleasure of the Greatest Eclipse, where the most sunlight will be blocked at Totality.  The final lucky viewers, in Columbia, South Carolina, can expect the eclipse to begin just after 1:10pm and Totality to occur at 2:40pm.

Aw, bummer!  I don't live on the Path of Totality!  Not to worry.  As I said before, all of the continental United States will get to witness at least a Partial Solar Eclipse, meaning that *most* of the Sun will be blocked, just not the perfect halo of alignment like those lucky viewers along the Path of Totality.



I know it seems like it should be *fine*, but burn retinas aren't cool.  So, make an eclipse viewer with your kiddos.  It's easy.  It's fast.  It doesn't require anything you don't already have in the closet.  And, you will save your precious eye sight, which seems like a really good idea!

This info, plus a couple more great pages of DOODLE NOTES and a CLOSE READING ARTICLE with COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS, are available in my store.  Click the PIN to check it out!