English and Spanish-language resources include viewing guides, close looks at the science and history of eclipses, and eclipse-themed Science Snacks
SAN FRANCISCO (April 5, 2023) – The Exploratorium is excited to kick off its coverage of next year’s total solar eclipse in North America with the launch of a stunning new website exploring the science, history and popularity of eclipses. The website, exploratorium.edu/eclipse, is also available in Spanish at exploratorium.edu/es/eclipse.
For more than 20 years, the Exploratorium has collaborated with NASA to broadcast stunning telescope images and live feeds of solar eclipses to the world, and that partnership continues this coming year with an eclipse double-header for people in North America.
“As we approach the one-year countdown to our next total solar eclipse in the U.S. on April 8, 2024, we’re excited to offer a rich digital resource for eclipse enthusiasts around the world,” said Rob Semper, Chief Learning Officer. “Thanks to our ongoing partnership with NASA, visitors to our site can immerse themselves in the eclipse experience, learn more about our relationship to the sun and moon, and ultimately, watch live coverage of the upcoming eclipses.”
That’s right – eclipses. First up is an annular eclipse on October 14, 2023, when the moon passes between the sun and earth but doesn’t completely cover the sun, leaving a ring of fire around the moon. Then comes the main event on April 8, 2024: a total solar eclipse that will leave millions of people awestruck as its path crosses through North America, passing through Mexico, the United States, and Canada.
The Exploratorium’s eclipse website and upcoming free Total Solar Eclipse App include viewing guides for both eclipses, including their respective paths of annularity and totality, and how to safely view eclipses. There are also dives into NASA’s solar research projects, and a behind-the-scenes look at the Exploratorium’s eclipse expeditions over the past two decades. Educators will also enjoy eclipse-themed “Science Snacks” from the Exploratorium’s popular series of teacher-tested, hands-on activities for the classroom and beyond.