Don't be caught napping during this month's lunar eclipse! Education World editors have searched the Web to find these astronomically great sites that will help you prepare your students for the upcoming event.
On the night of March 3-4, 2007, a lunar eclipse will be visible to observers in Europe, Africa, and eastern North and South America. (See visibility map.) The sites below will help your students understand -- and participate in -- this fascinating astronomical phenomenon.
The U.S. Naval Observatory maintains information on Upcoming & Recent Eclipses of the Sun and Moon. The site provides data on lunar eclipses and maps of solar eclipses. Most of the data is highly technical, but the site provides a handy reference for finding the dates and viewing locations of future solar and lunar eclipses.
NASA provides a terrific list of Lunar Eclipse activities, books, and Web sites to use when teaching or learning about the moon. The site includes hands-on activities, a WebQuest, simulations, and photographs, as well as a database of "teachers' favorite lunar lessons from NASA." More NASA lunar resources can be found at Star Child, the NASA Lunar Eclipse Page, and Science@NASA. Invite students to view NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day or discover how Earth would look from the Moon with the agency's Solar System Simulator.
Sky & Telescope's Eclipses Page includes a number of articles on eclipses, an online journal written by solar eclipse chasers, and suggestions for photographing the upcoming lunar eclipse. The information is more appropriate for older students; however, students of all ages will appreciate the photographs of a solar and lunar eclipse found on the main page.
For even more information on lunar eclipses -- and the moon -- check out these sites:
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