Total Solar Eclipse-- August 21, 2017!

August 24, 2016

Get ready!

Monday, August 21, 2017—Total Solar Eclipse!

It will be visible from Lexington near 1:00 pm CDT (if we have clear skies)!

Sixth Grade Science students will be learning about eclipses this year. They will be starting their 7th Grade year when it happens.

Some helpful websites to bookmark to prepare for the event are:

Shadow & Substance

National Eclipse

A total eclipse is when the Sun is completely hidden by the Moon, the sky becomes dark, and the Sun’s faint atmosphere (corona) becomes visible—looking like a beautiful halo.

This is the first time in 40 years that a total solar eclipse will be visible from the continental United States . . . and Nebraska is in a prime location to view it.  

“The Sun’s visible (and invisible) rays can cause serious damage to the sensitive tissues of the eyes, often without being immediately aware of it!  Normally, our common sense protects us from looking directly at the Sun for more than a second.  But during an eclipse, astronomical enthusiasm can overwhelm common sense, and people can wind up staring at the Sun for too long.  Make sure you have something with you to protect your eyes before the eclipse becomes total—or if you are only seeing the partial eclipse.”

(Sunglasses are NOT enough.)

Source:  NSTA (National Science Teachers Association); SOLAR SCIENCE  ALL-AMERICAN TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE; Fraknoi & Schatz

Keep Looking Up!