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Exploring the Solar System: Solar Eclipse


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Exploring the Solar System: Solar Eclipse

Exploring the Solar System: Solar Eclipseā€¯ is a hands-on activity demonstrating how the particular alignment of the Sun, Earth, and Moon can cause an eclipse. Visitors investigate the positions of these objects to create shadows and learn about the total solar eclipse that will traverse the continental United States in August, 2017.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
Under 5 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Type:
Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • Earth shaped beach ball
  • Moon toy on a stick
  • Pump
  • Cone
  • Optional: Flashlight (if doing the activity in doors)
  • Sizing up the Sun, Earth, and Moon information sheet
  • Activity and facilitator guides

Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth, Moon and Sun
      • Eclipses
    • Solar System
      • The Sun
      • The Moon

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • National Informal STEM Education Network

Source Collection:

  • NISE Network

Rights:

Funding Source:

  • NASA, NNX16AC67A

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