Eclipse Party Activities

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Hunter's Moon during a Lunar Eclipse

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  • Classroom Activities

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Science Friday

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In case you haven’t already heard, there’s a total solar eclipse coming to North America on August 21, 2017. In the path of totality, viewers will be in the shadow of the moon for about two minutes. What most people don’t realize is that for about an hour before and an hour after totality, a partial eclipse will be visible. In fact, at least an hour’s worth of viewing time of a partial eclipse will be visible from anywhere in the United States, regardless of whether you are in the path of totality or not. What are you going to do to get excited about this thing, and how will you get the most out of all of that partial eclipse time? Throw an eclipse party, obviously. An eclipse is a reasonably rare event, shouldn’t it be celebrated? You can host an eclipse preparation party the weekend before and make pinhole viewers with your friends, you could give away eclipse model necklaces as party favors, and reflect on the experience of totality by crafting corona art. The sky’s the limit! Here are some of our favorite party activity ideas. Give them a try. And remember, never look directly at the sun!

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2017

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