On Monday, August 21st, we will be able to experience something remarkable…the moon will be photobombing the sun! :) There will be a total solar eclipse visible coast to coast in the United States for the first time since 1918, and here in New Orleans, LA, we will experience an 80% totality at 1:29 PM. It will look like it is nighttime outside around this time but only for a few minutes since the earth is always moving.
Our school librarian, Julie Broussard organized a learning event for the students in Grade 3 through Grade 5 on August 16th. The guest speaker from the Jefferson Parish Library explained about the differences of the 3 solar eclipses. She also told the students about some of the ancient legends from around the world. Students made a Solar Eclipse basic pin-hole projector.
If you are not able to view the solar eclipse outside for eye safety reasons, please consider live streaming the event throughout the day via the NASA live streaming video website: https://www.nasa.gov/eclipselive. The live video streams will be available from 12-3 with a NASA eclipse preview show at 11:00 in case you are interested in additional information.
Additional resources are available via the Jefferson Parish Library’s (JPL) website (www.jplibrary.net).
Shadow and Substance(www.shadowandsubstance.com) – solar eclipse timeline map view
Mystery Science (https://mysteryscience.com/astronomy/mystery-11/solar-eclipse-2017/126) – explorations and activities