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Get Ready for the Solar Eclipse!

On April 8, 2024, millions of Americans will witness the rare event of a solar eclipse that will cross the continental United States. The solar eclipse, a natural phenomenon where the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, casting its shadow on Earth, promises a breathtaking experience for all who witness it. This will be last solar eclipse visible from the contiguous United States until 2044.

Whether you need resources for your classroom, or you plan to view the eclipse at home with your family, we have the resources to help. Here are some highlighted learning resources and events to help you create your viewing plans.

Learning Resources from eMediaVA

WHRO's  Solar Eclipse Resource Collection includes videos, animations, and activities to learn about the phases of a total solar eclipse, how to view it safely, and more. Includes resources for grades K-12.

A few highlights from the collection:

Phases of a Total Solar Eclipse Experience what it is like to see a total solar eclipse with photographs that show how the Sun appears during various phases and a video that captures the reactions of people during totality. Includes a handout illustrating the phases of a total solar eclipse.

Watching a Solar Eclipse With an Astronomer | Spot on Science Astronomer Jay Reynolds explains what a solar eclipse is and how to watch them in a safe way - and no you don't have to have those funky glasses to get a good glimpse!

Eclipses | Crash Course Astronomy Discover what happens during a solar and lunar eclipse. Phil breaks down what happens during a solar and lunar eclipse and provides tips for safely viewing a solar eclipse.

View the entire collection.

Prefer to Watch From Inside?

If you aren't able to get outside for the eclipse, check out NASA's official broadcast of the event.

From 1 to 4 p.m. EDT on April 8, enjoy conversations with experts and telescope views of the eclipse from several sites along the eclipse path. Throughout the broadcast, send in your questions in the chat using #askNASA for a chance to have them answered live.

Viewing at Virginia State Parks

Virginia State Parks invites visitors to witness the solar eclipse on April 8, and the parks will be selling a limited number of solar viewing glasses statewide. Virginia State Parks, renowned for their pristine natural settings and commitment to environmental education, provide an ideal backdrop for observing this awe-inspiring event.

With 42 state parks across Virginia, visitors will have ample opportunities to find the perfect spot to witness the eclipse. To enhance the viewing experience, Virginia State Parks will host educational programs led by knowledgeable park rangers.

Some parks are offering eclipse events as early as March 23, giving visitors the chance to learn how to be a safe observer, explore the science behind the eclipse and in some cases, make pinhole viewers. To learn more about the solar eclipse events being offered through April 8, check out Virginia State Park's schedule of events.

Visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and arrive early, as parking and viewing areas may fill up quickly. To ensure guests can view the eclipse safely, parks will have a limited number of solar viewing glasses available for purchase. They cost $1 plus tax and will be located in parks’ visitor centers and gift shops.

Eclipse Resources From NOVA

NOVA livestream from the Kerrville Eclipse Festival Join the excitement as NOVA interviews NASA scientists and event attendees in the lead-up to the total solar eclipse. The livestream will begin on April 8 at 12 PM ET. Register to attend.

NOVA Eclipse Toolkit NOVA has created toolkits for educators and families that contain everything you need to know to prepare for the April 8 total solar eclipse, from science to safety tips to eclipse activities.

Teach the 2024 Solar Eclipse Webinar NOVA also held an informational webinar for educators to help them plan how they would teach students about the upcoming eclipse. Though it is geared for teachers, it features great information and activities that parents may find helpful as well. Watch it on YouTube.

Find more eclipse resources from NOVA at their website.

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