2024 Total Solar Eclipse
Prepare now for April 8, 2024!
When the moon cuts in front of the sun on Monday, April 8, 2024, experience a total solar eclipse visible along a narrow swath of shadow from western Mexico to eastern Canada. Make your plans now. Get to the path of totality. Promote eye safety.
Map courtesy of Michael Zeiler, www.GreatAmericanEclipse.com
NASA Eclipse Education Materials
Solar Eclipse Activities for Libraries
Starnet SEAL program offers activities, resources, and free solar shades for libraries.
South Bend, IN
Start of Partial Eclipse: 1:53 PM EDT
Maximum Eclipse: 3:09 PM EDT
End of Partial Eclipse: 4:23 PM EDT
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.
For the definitive presentation about observing the sun safely and effectively, see 28-minute video by Dr. Ralph Chou (2012) at https://youtu.be/4RGr9FcBrSM.
Looking at the sun can be dangerous, but it can be done. Follow the safety precautions described by the American Astronomical Association. I am not responsible for any injuries resulting from your observing the sun. You are responsible for your own safety.
Background image excerpted from:
Dionysius the Areopagite Converting
the Pagan Philosophers
Getty Museum, Los Angeles
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.
Try these .stl files for 3D printing, courtesy of Adler Planetarium:
Watch short video about Sun Funnels...