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Total Eclipse of the Sun
by Kelly Young on 8/9/2017

Getting Ready for the Total Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017
Story Date: 7/19/2017

Are you ready for the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017?

 

Barely two weeks into the 2017-18 school year, on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, one of the most spectacular natural phenomena will occur, a Total Solar Eclipse. The link below is one shared by Jeremy Peacock, Northeast Georgia RESA Science Specialist. Check out Jeremy's page with teaching resources and activities for the upcoming total eclipse. 

http://www.negaresa.org/science/?p=631

The Earth, the sun and the moon all orbit in space in predictable paths.  On August 21, 2017, there will be a celestial alignment of the three resulting in a solar eclipse.  The moon will move between the sun and the Earth blocking the light of the sun.  Thus, the moon will cast a shadow on the Earth.  

Some lucky areas of our state will experience a total solar eclipse while most of us will experience a partial eclipse. This is wonderful educational moment for all of us no matter where we live, but it can also be dangerous if one looks directly at the sun.  

Student Safety: Most of us know we should not look directly at the sun, but during an eclipse our curiosity and wonder can overtake our common sense.  We just want to look up!  It is critically important that we educate our students and communities about how to safely view an eclipse.  This event will be happening around school dismissal time, so you need to have a plan.  Student safety is critical.

To check out times and to see a simulation of what you will experience in your area visit:

https://eclipsemega.movie/simulator

For safety information visit these sites:

https://eclipse.aas.org/eye-safety/iso-certification

https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEhelp/safety.html

https://odeo.hq.nasa.gov/translation_assets/PDFs/Total_Solar_Eclipse_21_August_2017_Safety_English.pdf

For maps and general information visit:

https://www.greatamericaneclipse.com/

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/

Look to the local experts in your area. Our schools, museums, colleges, and universities have wonderful experts and resources. Many communities are planning parties and events to celebrate this moment.  

  






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570 Martin Luther King, Jr. Road
Camilla, Georgia 31730
Phone: 229-207-0600 Fax: 229-336-2888