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2024 solar eclipse: Activities

Information about the annular eclipse including how to safely view the event

For Kids

Modeling Meaningful Eclipses
Using simple materials, participants create 3D models of the Earth, Moon and Sun and demonstrate solar and lunar eclipses. This method uses 3 steps that allow learners to engage, explore, and make meaning.

Eclipse Chalk Art (pre K-Adults)Illustration of colored chalk over a paper disk on top of black paper
"The Sun’s corona (Latin for "crown") is the outermost part of its atmosphere. It is a jacket of extremely hot gases that reaches far into space. The magnetic energy and heat on the surface of the Sun makes it an incredibly active place. From the corona comes the solar wind that travels through our solar system."

Spot the Sun
Safely view our nearest star.

Observa el Sol
Observa nuestra estrella más cercana de manera segura.

 

Eclipses solares

¡Usa tu pulgar para “eclipsar” a tu amigo!

Solar Eclipses
Use your thumb to “eclipse” your friend!

Eclipse to scale

Eclipse to Scale
Make a scale model of a total solar eclipse.

Eclipse a escala
Haz un modelo a escala de un eclipse solar total.

 

 

 

Exploring Earth: Bear's Shadow (ages 4-Adult)
"Exploring Earth: Bear’s Shadow" is a hands-on activity designed primarily for young visitors and their families. Participants move a flashlight around an object to make and experiment with shadows. The activity can be connected to a storybook about a little bear exploring his own shadow, and also has connections to the geometry of a solar eclipse as the Moon and Sun cast a shadow onto Earth." View the full activity ›

Ball used to block a distant image

How can the little moon hide the giant Sun?
Although this activity isn’t a “make and take”, it offers great hands-on exploration of how distance can affect the way we perceive the size of an object. It makes a good introduction to solar eclipse as well as Sun and Moon’s sizes and distances from Earth. The idea behind this activity is very simple and the activity itself is easy to do, making it accessible even for young kids.

Guide to Building Solar Eclipse Viewers
There are many ways to build your own solar eclipse viewers that project the Sun's image in an area safe for your eyes to view! Check out this guide to find what will work best for you.

Citizen Science

Citizen Science: Eclipse Soundscapes

This citizen science project is studying how eclipses affect life on Earth. Take part by collecting sound data from the October 14, 2023 annular eclipse and the April 9, 2024 total solar eclipse!

 

Workbooks

Globe Eclipse

What is GLOBE Eclipse?

"GLOBE Eclipse is a temporary tool in the GLOBE Observer app (details about downloading the app) that will help you document air temperature and clouds during an eclipse. The tool is not visible in the app on a regular basis, but is only opened up when a solar eclipse is happening somewhere in the world. The Eclipse tool will prompt you to take air temperature measurements using a meteorological thermometer, as well as taking regular observations of sky conditions using the Clouds tool, and an observation with the Land Cover tool to characterize the vegetation near the data collection site."

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