Solar Eclipse 2017 Information Roundup

By Kathy Reeves
10 August, 2017


On Monday, August 21, 2017, North America will get to experience an eclipse of the sun. If you are within the path of totality, you will have the rare opportunity to see a total solar eclipse. The rest of us will enjoy the opportunity to observe a partial eclipse. This post rounds up the best online resources as we prepare for this awe-inspiring event.

NASA’s Eclipse 101

Of course we should always head over to the experts when looking for information about what’s happening in space! NASA’s Eclipse 101 site provides loads of interesting information and resources. They are even providing a live stream of the eclipse. Do you want to be a citizen scientist and participate in a NASA eclipse experiment? You have the opportunity to collect cloud and temperature data using a free app you can download to your phone. 

American Astronomical Society

Are you looking for a place hosting an eclipse event in your area? Head on over to the American Astronomical Society’s map of events and activities. There you can search your state for museums, national and state parks, universities, and organizations hosting eclipse activities.  AAS also provides a list of reputable vendors of solar filters and viewers.  Some sites are offering paper viewing glasses for as low as $1.50 each, but you better hurry as we only have 11 days until the big event!  One of the reputable vendors,, has glasses available at Lowe’s and Walmart.


The Exploratorium provides instructions for building a sun viewer following the method used by Galileo. Senior Scientist Paul Doherty uses a human model to explain why we don’t have an eclipse every month.

Great American Eclipse

The Great American Eclipse website offers everything from eclipse basics to the best places to view the eclipse.

Popular Science

Popular Science cautions us to consider the threat of fire as large crowds head out to forest and grassland areas to visit parks in the optimal viewing path.

Find the best viewing time in your area, get your viewing glasses, and prepare for the great American solar eclipse! Your next opportunity won’t be until April 8, 2024.

Do you have a favorite source for eclipse information? If so, please share it in the comments!

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