I hope you’ve heard about the eclipse. It’ll be here in 17 days, 3 hours, 34 minutes and 25 seconds – well that time changes quickly, but you can check out the exact time by clicking on this link. There are lots of different resources about the eclipse. I learned a lot from this quick video. I think you’ll enjoy it too. Make sure to get some glasses. Check with the town library. They might have some. I know you can order them online too. Ask your family about them.
The total solar eclipse is a real big deal. It only happens once in a life time and the last time a eclipse like this moved across the United States like this was in 1918! We aren’t going to see the full eclipse but even in New Hampshire it will look as through a bite has been taken out of the sun.
The Exploratorium is going to set up a live stream on the path of the total eclipse so you can watch it happening. It only last for short time, so make a plan. That way you and your family won’t miss it.
There are a couple of thing you can do to see the eclipse if you don’t have glasses. There are some direction on the Exploratorium link above. Mystery Science has some directions for a pinhole projector that I’ve attached here. There is also going to be an Eclipse Party at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in in Concord. The schedule says there will be events happening between 10:30 and 4:00. The maximum viewing time for the partial eclipse is around 2:45. There are several resources on that site as well. Check them out and make a plan.
The next total eclipse will be in 2023. You’ll have to travel to see evidence of that one.
Enjoy! Science is cool!
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