August 2017 Eclipse
Are you ready? The clock is counting down to the 2017 Solar Eclipse. Greenville County and parts of surrounding counties will be in the path of totality for this awe-inspiring eclipse of the Sun on August 21, 2017. The rest of the Eastern United States will see only a partial eclipse. This spectacular event will engulf Greenville at 2:38PM (EST) in a dark shadow for around two minutes, giving observers a once in a lifetime celestial experience!
A total solar eclipse is when the Sun is covered entirely by the Moon, the sky deeply darkens, the temperature cools, and the Sun’s corona becomes visible. To find out the exact time of the start and end of the eclipse and totality for your specific area (Greenville, SC), use the following resource: NASA Eclipse 2017
To help you prepare your students (and yourself) for this once-in-a-lifetime experience, Greenville County Schools is happy to share these resources.
Eclipse Events (Greenville and surrounding area)
- Roper Mountain Friday Starry Nights
- Furman University - Eclipse @ Furman
- University of South Carolina - Eclipse Reception
- Challenger Learning Center, Columbia, SC
- Solar Eclipse at the South Carolina State Museum
- BJU Eclipse Experience
Protecting your eyes!
- Eye Safety
- How to view the 2017 solar eclipse safely (printable pdf.)
- Como Ver el Eclipse Solare del 2017 con Seguridad (printable pdf.)
Recording the eclipse:
- How to Shoot Solar-Eclipse Images & Videos
- Photographing the Eclipse
- Solar Filters and Viewers
- Solar Filters for Optics
Beth Leavitt, National Space Teacher of the Year, presents the Solar Eclipse Viewer Activity: Join Ms. Leavitt as she and her students at Wade Hampton High School construct solar eclipse viewers.
Recommended Resources for Elementary Students (Pre-K through 5th Grade)
- Do It Yourself Solar Eclipse
- Frog Mom Solar Eclipse Kid Activities
- Southern Illinois Teacher Eclipse Planning Group
- WatchKnowLearn.org Solar Eclipse videos
Recommended Resources for Secondary Students (6th - 12th)
- 3D Printable Pinhole Projectors
- All American Total Solar Eclipse
- An Observer’s Guide to Viewing the Eclipse
- Make and Take Activities
- Solar Eclipse for Beginners
AJ Whittenberg has been certified as an official viewing site by NASA. Teacher and Intermediate Science Lead Mrs. Cristina Sims will be leading educational activities at A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School.