Exploring the Solar System: Solar Eclipse

Exploring the Solar System: Solar Eclipse activity
NISE Network product
Description: 

“Exploring the Solar System: Solar Eclipse” is a hands-on activity demonstrating how the particular alignment of the Sun, Earth, and Moon can cause an eclipse. Visitors investigate the positions of these objects to create shadows and learn about the total solar eclipse that will traverse the continental United States in August, 2017.

Audience: 

Objectives

Big Idea: 
A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon moves between the Sun and Earth, casting a shadow on Earth—but conditions have to be just right for this to happen.
Learning Goals: 
  • A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon moves between the Sun and Earth, casting a shadow on Earth.
  • A solar eclipse is a rare and beautiful event.
  • People have observed and tried to explain solar eclipses for thousands of years.

Credits

Funding: 
This material is based upon work supported by NASA under cooperative agreement award number NNX16AC67A. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Owning institution: 
The Science Museum of Minnesota
Permissions: 

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Development Process: 

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