A Guide to the August 21, 2017 “All-American” Eclipse of the Sun

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On August 21, 2017, there will be a total eclipse of the Sun visible from the U.S. (and only the US!) The path of what is being called the “All American” total eclipse is only about 60-70 miles wide and goes from a beach in Oregon to a beach in South Carolina, crossing the country diagonally. The partial eclipse will be visible to 500 million people in the other parts of the US and North America.

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) has made available a popular-level introduction to help explain the eclipse, and how to view it safely, to students and the public. The free 8-page booklet, in PDF format, is excerpted from the book Solar Science by Dennis Schatz and Andrew Fraknoi, which presents 45 hands-on activities that teachers and informal educators can use to teach about the Sun and eclipses.