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September 2007

Solar Eclipse
A sub-site of the amazing Exploratorium: Don’t look right at it.
Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12


This site from the Exploratorium offers video, images, animations and Webcasts of solar eclipses around the world in addition to information on what to look for and how to view them.
This visually striking and well organized site offers links to the three main sections and their contents from the front page.

Solar Eclipse provides students and teachers lots of information and resources for learning about solar eclipses. The site is divided into three main sections: Webcasts, Features, and Resources. The Webcasts section offers archives of solar eclipses from 1998 to 2006, including the eclipse in Greece in 2006 and in the U.S. in 2002, as well as the rarest eclipse, the transit of Venus in June, 2004. Visitors can read articles about the myths surrounding the eclipse, the earth-sun connection, and journal excerpts from eclipse expeditions dating back to 1901 in the Features area. The Resources section explains what to look for during a solar eclipse, how to create a pinhole projector for viewing an eclipse safely, why eclipses happen, a world map of future eclipses, stories of individual experiences witnessing an eclipse, and a list of annotated links to more information.


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