Fun Eclipse Projects, Maps, Simulator, and Viewing Tips


In case, you have missed the news, there will be a total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017. This will be the first total eclipse to be visible from the continental US in 40 years. The path of totality will travel across the length of the continent.


Fun Eclipse Projects, Maps, Simulator, and Viewing Tips


The next total solar eclipse visible from the states will be on April 8, 2024. You can check out this website for other future solar eclipse dates, as well as maps.


Use this website to check the Eclipse Time in your area.


Use this Eclipse eBook from Apologia to help the kids learn more.


Check out these eclipse viewers to make:

Printable Pinhole Projectors

Make a Box Pinhole Projector


Make an eclipse viewer out of a cereal box




Or try using your hands to view the solar eclipse.



Eclipse Mega Movie Simulator – This is so cool. Type in your city and state, and it will play a video showing what the eclipse will look like where you live.


Check out this video from The Weather Channel




Now that we covered the fun stuff, lets cover solar eclipse viewing safety.

NEVER look directly at the sun. Make sure your kids know this, too. If you are in the path of totality, you can safely remove your viewing glasses for the brief moment that the sun is in total eclipse. Then put the glasses back on to view the rest of the eclipse.

Don’t use do it yourself viewing glasses or solar filters to view the eclipse.

Don’t put on solar eclipse viewing glasses and look through binoculars.


There are a lot of counterfeit eclipse glasses on the market. Several brands of eclipse viewing glasses have been recalled. Please check where you purchased your glasses to make sure they haven’t been recalled.

You can find out where to purchase eclipse glasses approved by the American Astronomical Society here. NASA also has a list of eclipse viewing safety here.




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  1. Thanks for sharing.