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GET READY for August 21st - Total Solar Eclipse Resources

May 28, 2017 - Posted in Education by B. Jamison
View of the United States during the total solar eclipse in Aug. 21, 2017. Credits: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

For the first time in nearly 100 years, on August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will sweep across the entire United States, from Oregon to South Carolina, and our state will serve as the exit state for this natural phenomenon. A total solar eclipse is when the Sun is covered entirely by the Moon, the sky deeply darkens, the temperature cools, and the Sun’s corona becomes visible. To find out the exact time of the start and end of the eclipse and totality for your specific area, use the following interactive map provided by NASA.

South Carolina ETV and South Carolina Public Radio have created a 2017 Total Solar Eclipse page that includes many educational links.

SC Department of Education - List of Resources

The South Carolina Department of Education as has compiled resources on general knowledge and safety concerning the event, professional development opportunities, instructional unit resources for grades K-12, as well as external total solar eclipse events across our state and encourages educators to take this unusual opportunity to design engaging learning experiences for science.

Schools and individuals interested in learning more about the total solar eclipse can use electronic resources such as these: 

Total Solar Eclipse 2017 - NASA Resources for Informal Education

Solar Science: All-American Total Solar Eclipse, and 

Great American Eclipse


Eye Safety: All students must receive careful instruction regarding eye safety in preparation for this event.  Concerns for eye safety during a total solar eclipse provided by NASA can be found here: 

How to View the 2017 Solar Eclipse Safely

Eye Safety During Solar Eclipses

Information concerning the importance of eye safety, brands of viewers available for sale and the standards they must meet can be found here


Total Solar Eclipse Instructional Unit Resources

The total solar eclipse phenomenon has direct correlation to First, Fourth, Eighth, and Earth Science and Physical Science Conceptual Understandings. However, all teachers are encouraged to use the resources below to teach students about this unusual phenomenon occurring across our state in alignment to Science and Engineering Practices and Crosscutting Concepts. It is important that all students, regardless of grade, be prepared for this amazing science phenomenon during the 2016-2017 school year.

ACCESS article with information on Professional Development Opportunities and External Solar Eclipse Events around the state here

South Carolina ETV and South Carolina Public Radio Resources

South Carolina ETV and South Carolina Public Radio will provide Solar Eclipse Coverage from Columbia, the third largest city in the U.S. on the centerline. NASA estimates that the state could see one million visitors for this once-in-a-lifetime 100% solar eclipse.

Leading up to August 21, 2017, South Carolina ETV and South Carolina Public Radio plan a series of multi-platform segments preparing viewers and listeners for the total solar eclipse event.

Pre-produced video segments include an interview with SCETV host Beryl Dakers and Astronaut Charles Duke about the 45th anniversary of his moon walk and the artifacts that are housed at the State Museum. The day of, SCETV is producing a multi-city live event for television and radio across the state, as well as feeding select segments to the producers of the PBS series NOVA, which is preparing a nationwide recap/special on the solar eclipse for that evening. We’ll also simulcast live on radio and television, and stream live from the South Carolina State Museum from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. The show will follow the “path of totality” for viewers and listeners throughout the state and beyond. The SCETV program will be re-broadcast that evening prior to the premiere of the new NOVA special. There will also be simultaneous screening events in Columbia and Charleston.

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