Teaching overview

Learning points

  • There will be a total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8th.
  • Total solar eclipses happen when the moon fully blocks out the sun.
  • Heliologists study the sun.
  • In some areas of America, it might be difficult to see the eclipse if there is a lot of cloud.
  • It's important to wear solar eclipse glasses when watching the partial phases of an eclipse, to protect your eyes.

Curriculum keywords

  • total solar eclipse
  • moon
  • sun

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Spark a discussion

The Total Solar Eclipse

  • On what date will the total solar eclipse happen?
  • Why do you think this event is called a total solar eclipse?
  • Can you name a state that will be on the path of totality?

Studying the Sun

  • What name is given to scientists who study the Sun?
  • What is the outer atmosphere of the Sun called?
  • Why is it difficult to study the Sun’s atmosphere?

Predicting Clouds

  • What might make it difficult to see the eclipse?
  • How can the scientist's map help us plan where we go to watch the eclipse?
  • What other natural events could historical data help us to plan for?

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