Using simple materials, participants explore the vast distance between the Earth and Moon and model how solar and lunar eclipses happen.
|Hints for uses in your library
|Be sure to practice this activity before your program -- it is a bit tricky to get the "Moon" and "Earth" balls to line up correctly the first time. If you do not have time to cover the full activity, this set of materials also provides a great demonstration of just how far apart the Moon and Earth are from each other. If it is too cloudy to use sunlight as the light source, use a very bright light, like an LED flashlight, instead.
2017 Solar Eclipse Guide
What Is an Eclipse?
Why Do Eclipses Happen?
Lunar Eclipses and Solar Eclipses
How is the sun completely blocked in an eclipse?
What is a solar eclipse?
Eclipse Education Gallery
Tracing the 2017 Solar Eclipse
2017 Total Solar Eclipse's Path Across the U.S
How Does a Lunar Eclipse Work?
What is a Solar Eclipse? - Space Place in a Snap!
NISE Network: Solar Eclipse and Big Sun, Small Moon Content Training Video
|Night Sky Network
[Suggest a book]
When the Sun Goes Dark by Andrew Fraknoi,Eric Freeberg and Dennis Schatz
Eclipses by Martha E H Rustad
Eclipses; Night Sky Series by Nick Hunter
The Moon Book by Gail Gibbons
The Big Eclipse by Nancy Coffelt
Go See the Eclipse: and Take a Kid with You by Chap Percival
American Eclipse by David Baron
Sun, Moon, Earth: the History of Solar Eclipses, from Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets by Tyler E Nordgren
The Eclipse: a Guatemalan Folktale by Nicholas Beatty and Antonio Ixtamer