Total Solar Eclipse 2017 NASA Resources for Informal Education

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On August 21, 2017, a Monday, starting roughly around 9:00am Pacific time off the coast of Oregon, the Moon began eclipsing the Sun.  A total eclipse of the Sun was visible from within the path of the Moon's umbral shadow starting around 10:15am Pacific, crossing the USA from west to east through parts of Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, and South Carolina. The eclipse passed through South Carolina roughly around 2:30pm Eastern time.  The Moon completely cleared the Sun off the coast of South Carolina just after 4:00pm Eastern time. Even if you couldn't travel that day, the Moon's penumbral shadow produced a partial eclipse, visible from almost all of North America.

While we hope that making the effort to be in the path of totality rewarded you with the experience of your life, we understand not everyone was able.  For those who were not able to travel, or for those who were clouded out, we still want you to be able to view the eclipse.  So, with NASA and other coverage of the event, the best place to see the eclipse is wherever you are!  This is a large collection of regularly updated resources to help you prepare and engage your informal education audiences for this historic occasion, even after the event. If you have any questions or are seeking something specific, feel free to email us :

Full NASA recording of the eclipse:

Official NASA resources:

Official NASA Activities:

View and download HD versions of the above video here:

Many Alliance members will host eclipse viewing parties, like the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, one of the first places to see totality!  Find other general events on our page, and specifically find eclipse viewing events (or submit your own) on the NASA eclipse event page.

Find one of more than 800 Alliance member organizations around the world, and celebrate the eclipse with them no matter where you are!  To find a Museum Alliance member who will be on the path of totality, see our interactive map below:


This special resource has been made available to all viewers.  Please note that (free) membership is required for full access to the Museum Alliance site; please visit Join Our Community to learn more.  

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