Solar Eclipse 2017
Where will you be on August 21, 2017? For about 1 min and 50 seconds a part of Oregon, USA will be the first to fall under the Solar Eclipses shadow in the United States. It will be anther 6 seconds later before it will move and other parts of Oregon will experience the shadow from the Solar Eclipse 2017. Thousands of anxious sightseers will be breathlessly waiting as it slowly moves its way across the sky. Newport, Oregon will be the lucky spot to have first landfall. As the Solar eclipse moves its way across the sky, have you made plans to be in its path? We are lucky to live so close to the path of totality! It will be a crazy weekend working up to Monday August 21st. The last Solar Eclipse seen in the United States of America was in March 7, 1970. Anyone younger than 47 years of age, wasn’t even born! It touched only the Florida sea board. The 2017 Solar Eclipse will make a path starting from Oregon across the United States and ending in South Carolina.
This is a great learning experience that we have incorporated into our home-school lessons this year. We will be starting school a month early 🙂 As we’ve learned about solar eclipses, we all agree this is well worth starting school a few weeks early. And what a way to kick off the school year ahead! We have our solar glasses and viewers ready. Have our spot picked out for viewing. We won’t be part of the first to fall under the Solar shadow, but we will only be 6 seconds behind! Here is some great information about viewing the solar eclipse from NASA.
A few lessons and experiments we will be engaged in are measuring the path and distance and proportions between the Earth, Sun and Moon. We will learn how Albert Einstein used a Solar eclipse to explain how the Sun’s mass bends light from a far away star. We will use our Solar System model to go over the Moons orbit around the Sun. And exploring news paper articles from past Solar Eclipses here in the States and in other Countries. We made a pin hole viewer which you can find here to make your own. Here is a link to some myths and legends from different cultures about Solar Eclipses.
But the day of I really want it to be about the experience, even though we have built the shoe box measuring device to measure the path etc, seeing and being a part of the Solar Eclipse is the greatest learning experience that can not be taught!
I’d love to hear where you will be and if it will be included in your lesson plan for this upcoming school year. So have your cameras charged, you glasses cleaned and enjoy the 1 min and 58 seconds. We may not be alive for the next one that comes across the United States!