On August 21, a vast swath of the United States will experience a total solar eclipse, as the moon will block out the sun and the sky will go dark in the middle of the day. There hasn’t been a total solar eclipse on the continental United States since 1979.
Although Mississippi is not on the Path of Totality (the 70-mile wide track of the umbra or dark shadow of the moon), the state will experience an excellent partial solar eclipse – between 77% and 95% of the sun will be blocked out by the moon, depending on the location in the state. The highest level partial eclipse will occur in the northeast corner of the state.
This is a phenomenal opportunity for students and teachers. It can be connected to various aspects of science, and it is something they will remember forever. A number of resources are available, linked below.
- Teacher Toolkit: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1aOnd_Z6347qhA3iZZzrHxnnOzcIE11Lvkcb3clCScjo/edit
- Subject Matter Experts Map Link: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/2017_solar_eclipse_SME_s_map.html
American Astronomical Society Eclipse America Website (education resources, videos, eye safety information, etc.): https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/educational-materials