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Experience the 21 August Total Solar Eclipse from Anywhere
17 August 2017

Next Monday, on 21 August 2017, most of North America will experience a solar eclipse. A total solar eclipse can be observed from a narrow region in the United States of America, while other parts of the world are witness to a partial eclipse. Special livecasts, activities and programmes will be held worldwide in celebration of this celestial event. 

A Jaw-dropping Cosmic Event

The solar eclipse will occur on Monday 21 August, a time when many schools will start their school year. The 2017 total solar eclipse will start around 10:15 am Pacific time on the West Coast of the United States of America. The Sun will be covered by the Moon for at most 2 minutes and 40 seconds, in a total eclipse best seen from Oregon to South Carolina States in United States of America.

Other parts of North America, as well as parts of South America, Africa, North-East Asia and Western Europe will see at least a partial solar eclipse. To find out if and when you can observe (part of) the eclipse, look up your location in . You can also follow the total solar eclipse at NASA’s or one of the live streams listed below.

Looking directly into the Sun is very dangerous, even during a solar eclipse! Use certified sunglasses or a sun viewer. Credit: Mark Margolis / Rainbow Symphony.

Ideas for educational and family activities

Several types of Sun viewers can be created from everyday household materials. Educators and students can build a from a cereal box, or create eclipses in the classroom. Alternatively, you can project the sun with binoculars, or make a reflective telescope. The American Astronomical Society has listed various . Many other activities (developed by Leiden Observatory educational projects) related to the Sun, the Moon and Earth can be found on ,Universe Awareness and websites, to teach STEAM sciences and skills using astronomy.

Educators are able to take their students on a journey of lunar and solar exploration. Students can , or learn about lunar eclipses (and why are they different from solar eclipses) and the landscape of the Moon. They can or with their hands. Alternatively, students can of the Sun, Earth and Moon and model day and night. Younger students can also and and learn about the . Or instead, with the Sun or experimenting with can be introduced to the classroom.

Create a safe viewer so you can look at the Sun without damaging your eyes.

Solar eclipse observation activity for Sahrawi refugee children

With the support from the Spanish Astronomical Society, GalileoMobile and Universe Awareness, Jorge Rivero from Leiden Observatory, is co-organizing a solar eclipse observing activity for Sahrawi refugee children that spend the summer in Gran Canaria, Spain, as part of the Vacaciones en Paz (Vacations in Peace) hosting programme. With the aid of solar eclipse glasses, telescope projections and Universe in a Box material, children and their host families will be able to observe the partial eclipse right before sunset for around 40 minutes (39% of the Sun will be blocked by the Moon) and learn about the science behind it.

To members of our network: Are you hosting an eclipse event next week? Comment on Facebook or let us know in an email to [email protected] with the subject “Solar eclipse event 2017”!

Eclipse Livestreams

  •  (Eclipse Ballooning Project, Montana State University)(multiple locations, USA)
  •  (Exploratorium)(Oregon/Wyoming, USA)
  • Total Solar Eclipse 2017 App ()()(Exploratorium)(Oregon/Wyoming, USA)
  •  (()(Oregon, USA)
  •  (Slooh)(Idaho, USA)
  •  (CNN & Volvo Car USA)(multiple locations, USA)
  •  (Great Smoky Mountains, USA)
  •  (multiple locations, USA)
  •  (Colorado, USA)
  •  (multiple locations, Worldwide)
  •  (multiple locations, USA)
  •  (Oregon, USA)
  •  (Ceccano, Italy)



Specially designed so that people who are blind and visually impaired can share in the awe and wonder of astronomical events in real time with their sighted peers.


 (multiple locations, worldwide)

See how elephants react to the total eclipse, with  from the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.


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This NASA live stream will capture live imaging of the eclipse, from viewers around the world, 11 spacecraft, at least three NASA aircraft; and from more than 50 high-altitude balloons and the astronauts on the International Space Station, as well as views of eclipse celebration events across the country.





Total Eclipse Diamond Ring
Total Eclipse Diamond Ring