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GLOBE Teachers – Are You Ready for the Great American Eclipse Coming in August?


GLOBE teachers – there’s no doubt that you’re already well aware of the coming eclipse (21 August), but did you know that there are GLOBE science investigations that you can use with your students to enhance this amazing experience? Check them out here!

The Earth is a solar-powered planet; light from the Sun travels towards Earth where it is absorbed by the surface and reemitted in the form of heat radiation. This energy exchange is what keeps the planet warm and lets it support life. So, what do you think would happen if you could dim or block out the Sun like you can a desk lamp? For those of you at the right time and place later this summer, nature is providing an exciting opportunity to do just that!

The eclipse in August will be visible across a broad swath of the Northern Hemisphere. Most areas will see a partial eclipse; however, those within the approximately 60-mile wide “path of totality” from Oregon to South Carolina will experience a total solar eclipse. These celestial events have inspired wonder and awe throughout human history, and for the first time since 1979 people in the continental U.S. will get to experience one as well!

This is a rare opportunity – what solar-powered protocols will you be watching?

SAFETY NOTE: The ONLY time it is safe to look directly at the Sun without eye protection is during the brief window of complete totality when the Sun’s disk is completely obscured by the Moon. At all other times, please be sure to view the eclipse through safe lenses, either through filters on a telescope or by using eclipse glasses. The safest way to observe the eclipse is by using indirect methods. For more information, please visit: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety

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News origin: Latin America and Caribbean