Solar and Lunar Eclipses
Experience an Eclipse
Science Place a lamp (the sun) in the center of a dark room. Attach a foam ball (the moon) to a pencil. Slowly move the ball around your head (Earth) to mimic the moon orbiting Earth. What happens when the moon passes directly between Earth and the sun?
The Solar Eclipse of 2017: Teacher Toolkit
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NASA Total Eclipse
Observe the moon! Make a Sun Funnel! Perform an eclipse dance! Take a Selfie with the sun! NASA invites you to experience the 2017 solar eclipse in many fun, creative, and challenging ways from family-friendly activities to sophisticated science projects. These activities have been designed to help engage your curiosity and challenge your mind.
Have you ever seen the sun disappear? If so, you've watched a total eclipse! In this BrainPop movie, Tim and Moby will teach you all about what makes an eclipse happen. Discover the difference between a lunar eclipse and a solar eclipse as well as the difference between a total eclipse and a partial one. Find out the best way to watch an eclipse in action as well as what to be careful of while watching one.
Eclipse: Using a Classroom Model to Explore the Moon's Shadow
This lesson provides students with a concrete model of the Sun, Earth and Moon and their interaction during a solar eclipse. Students observe and manipulate the 3-D model and simulate the movement of these bodies during an eclipse.