I think most people in the continental United States will be taking a field trip on Monday, August 21st. Of course, everyone will be looking up (with protective eye gear) at the solar eclipse.
(poster made by Rainbow Symphony)
Yes, I’ll be one of the multitude heading to the total eclipse band in Central Oregon with my field trip buddy, Amy, and her adventurous daughter, Amelia.
Here’s some of what I’ve been looking at to get prepared:
This Los Angeles Times article has a good overview of the 2017 eclipse including the percent that can be seen from different parts of the country, the time, and what to expect.
NPR tells you what you need to know to view the eclipse.
Don’t have viewing glasses? Don’t worry. The scientific folks at Jet Propulsion Laboratory have easy instructions on how to make a pinhole viewing camera.
Are you wondering how an eclipse affects animals?
Solar Eclipse 2017: The Complete Kids’ Guide and Activity Book for the Great American Solar Eclipse is a wonderful resource with great activities.
Atlas Obscura shares photos of a century of eclipse watchers.
Lancashire, England 1927 (Getty Images)
For $7.84 you can buy a sheet of heat activated “Total Eclipse of the Sun”postal stamps from the United States Postal Service. They are printed with a thermochromatic ink that is sensitive to the touch of a fingertip. When you press your finger on the center of the stamp, the eclipse will vanish and the full moon will appear. They sold out quickly at post offices so you’ll need to order them online.
Where will you be watching the eclipse?