Most of North America will see a partial solar eclipse, and a narrow swath from Texas to Maine will experience a total solar eclipse.  Make your plans now.

2024 Solar Eclipse

Prepare for the solar eclipse of Monday, April 8, 2024.

Map courtesy of Michael Zeiler, www.GreatAmericanEclipse.com

Sun Funnels

 

The Sun Funnel is a telescope accessory that allows a group of people to observe a magnified image of the sun safely. 

 

Instructions to Build a Sun Funnel, updated for the 2017 eclipse by Rick Fienberg, includes images,  tips, and precautions. 

 

See video for introduction of 3D-printed version of the Sun Funnel .  Additional tips are at my Sun Funnel page.

 

Try these .stl files for 3D printing, courtesy of Adler Planetarium:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/fxvdekmf6y3h4it/AACOi-ZNcX0ZOEhz4oG4V-5Ya?dl=0

Watch short video about Sun Funnels...

Safe Viewing Summary

Video courtesy of Exploratorium

Dr. Paul Doherty of the Exploratorium introduces four basic solar viewing techniques in video at http://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse/video/safe-viewing-techniques.    More Exploratorium videos are here.

Eclipse Flyover

 

Safe Viewing Techniques

Paul Doherty of the Exploratorium introduces four techniques for viewing the sun: solar shades, #14 welding glass, pinhole projection, and optical projection. 

Eye Safety Statement

The American Astronomical Society, NASA, American Academy of Opthalmology, and others have released a  definitive statement on eye safety with solar viewing instructions; also in PDF flyer version.

Hands On Sun Viewer

Paul Doherty makes a projected image of the sun with a hole in cardboard and with his hands crossed.

Sun Funnel

Make your own Sun Funnel a telescope accessory that allows a group of people to observe a magnified image of the sun safely. 

3D Printer Sun Funnel

Video introduces the Sun Funnel with emphasis on the 3D printer version.

ToV 2012: Dr. Ralph Chou - Observing...

https://youtu.be/4RGr9FcBrSM

Video is an authoritative talk about eye safety by Dr. Ralph Chou; presented at University of Toronto for 2012 transit of Venus.

NASA Eclipse 101: Safety

http://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety

NASA eclipse website features eye safety under Eclipse 101.  See one-page handout How To View The Eclipse Safely.

Ken Miller shares an elegant and effective way to project an image of the sun using a simple mirror.

Two types of make-your-own projection viewers are described, a simple one costing less than $1 and a more elaborate one for under $20.   From College of Charleston.

Excerpts from my Eye Safety content for the 2012 transit of Venus, including six ways to look at the sun.  Safety for 2004 transit of Venus is at http://media.wix.com/ugd/4c0e6f_06d1e629692c4fefb1edcb06826ae4ad.pdf

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Eye Safety

Links

Varied content features excellent maps by cartographer Michael Zeiler and education content by Charles Fulco.

Predictions for eclipses from Fred Espenak, plus the valuable Eclipse Bulletin for 2024 solar eclipse.

Thorough map includes limb profile for sites along centerline to predict Balley's Beads, as well as an elevation profile to insure the sun is above the site's horizon.

Climatology and weather predicitions for celestial events.

How to View the 2017 Eclipse Safely

"A solar eclipse is one of nature’s grandest spectacles. By following these simple rules, you can safely enjoy the view and be rewarded with memories to last a lifetime."

 

Eclipses and Safety

http://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse

The Exploratorium has short videos about eye safety and eclipse activities.

Make your own device for observing the sun safely for a group.  Includes instructions, warnings, how-to video.

Safe solar eclipse glasses, eclipse viewers and solar filters that are ISO-approved.  For a list of other reputable vendors, see https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters

http://www.mreclipse.com/SEphoto/SEphoto.html

A guide from Mr. Eclipse himself, whose photos are on the USPS stamp with thermocrhromic ink.

An authoritative talk about eye safety by Dr. Ralph Chou; presented at University of Toronto for 2012 transit of Venus.

Eclipse2017

Many diverse resources include "8 Seconds" essay and simulated eclipse flyover of USA.

https://www.astrosociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/uitc93.pdf

Eclipse lessons for educators follow the dynamic NGSS-based approach to instruction.

Tyler Nordgren

Dr. Tyler Nordgren is the artist, astronomer, and night sky ambassador of the Space Art Travel Bureau.  Buy his book Sun, Moon, Earth

Night Sky Network Outreach Resources

http://bit.ly/NSNEclipse

The NSN and Astronomical Society of the Pacific are creating and curating information for amateur astronomers and other informal educators to prepare communitites off the path of totality.

NASA: Eclipse 2017

As only NASA can.  Spanish version at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/español.

Over 100 iTunes podcasts dedicated to the 2017 eclipse, by Michael Bakich.

http://americaneclipseusa.com

Artist Jay Ryan explains eclipses with clear illustrations.

The Vanishing Sun : Eclipse Tales from Around the World

Multi-cultural eclipse folktales, including 11 audio recordings and one video recording which incorporated both subtitles and ASL sign interpretation. From Lunar and Planetary Institute.
 

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Disclaimer:

Looking at the sun can be dangerous, but it can be done.  Follow the safety precautions described in these links.  I am not responsible for any injuries resulting from your observing the sun.  You are responsible for your own safety.

 

What I said in 2004 and 2012 for observing the transit of Venus.

 

And  what they said at eclipse2017.org:

http://www.eclipse2017.org/eclipse2017_eye%20safety.htm.

Future Eclipses-USA

From the Mr. Eclipse Eclipse Primer:

 

"The last total solar eclipse visible from the continental U.S.A. occured on Feb. 26, 1979. A total solar eclipse was visible from Hawaii and Mexico on July 11, 1991. The next two total solar eclipses visible from the U.S.A. occur on Aug. 21, 2017 and Apr. 8, 2024."

Map courtesy of Michael Zeiler, www.GreatAmericanEclipse.com

Future Eclipses-Global

Future total solar eclipses are mapped by Michael Zeiler and cataloged through 2100 by Fred Espenak, including:

Map courtesy of Michael Zeiler, www.GreatAmericanEclipse.com

Español

NASA's eclipse website is at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/español

 

From SkyandTelescope.com,  a series of videos in English and Spanish introduces the solar eclipse.

Background image excerpted from: 

Dionysius the Areopagite Converting

the Pagan Philosophers

Antoine Caron

French, 1521-1599

Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Handout: View Safely

 

For a list of reputable vendors,

see https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters

First Contact:           

Maximum Eclipse:  

Last Contact:            

South Bend, IN

Circumstances for South Bend, IN

Map courtesy of  Xavier Jubier

First Contact:            1:52 PM

Maximum Eclipse:   3:09 PM

Last Contact:             4:23 PM

Chuck's Eclipse Blog Posts

www.nightwise.org/blog/tag/solar%20eclipse

Eclipse Weather

National Weather Service

 
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