Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Kids and Eclipses

The upcoming 2017 TSE has generated a bit of interest in the teaching industry. Those directly involved in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education are putting plans together through various resources such as the IAU, AAS, and ASP. Teachers are looking at different aspects of the eclipse such as safety, educational opportunities, observations, and projects. Because the eclipse occurs in August, most students will not be in school at the time. That will further complicate education as classroom activities will have to take place before the end of the school year to prepare the students.

Of course, nothing beats actual experience. We have taken our younger children to solar eclipses and can tell you, no amount of education will really prepare them to see what you see. The eyes of a child are very different. To help illustrate that fact, cartoons, all based on real world experience.



More to come...

Monday, 18 August 2014

Bigger map with city search option

Back by popular request, the BIG map version (nearly full screen) showing eclipse path and quick calculation details. You can enter the name of a city and it will attempt to locate the position, filling in the lat/lon with a quick result displayed.


The default eclipse for the big calculator display is August 2017. Direct link is:
http://www.eclipsechasers.com/php/tseCalculatorBig2.php


Monday, 28 July 2014

Still testing, it never ends!

I am continuing to update the www.eclipse-chasers.com webpages based on feedback from readers and by studying the access logs. Many thanks to those readers that contacted me directly regarding issues they were having. It helps to have many eyes look over the programming and development.

Because the folder (directory) structure was modified at the server level, many of the search engines need to be corrected. To assist in that regard I added 301 redirects to the old names with an automatic redirection to the newer page. When a search engine invokes a very old page, the main home is displayed instead.

Over the past few days various search engines have been exploring the site. I would like to think they are relinking references. This should allow eclipse-chasers to remain in the listings of the various search tools.

Once the engines stop their aggressive slurping of the site I will add a search option to the main menu so that you can find things easier. An earlier experiment with a search tool from Google resulted in it finding older links and causing problems.

I can assure you, this website isn't finished yet. All ideas and feedback are welcomed.

Monday, 21 July 2014

New Interface up and running

The web site, www.eclipse-chasers.com, has recently had a major face lift. There are now three primary menu interfaces. One for desk and lap top computers. One for tablets (no frames). And a third just for the iPhone. 

The iPad and iPhone machines are automatically detected and the appropriate menu will come up. If you are using another tablet or phone, you may have to initiate the interface to get away from the large screen version. Let me know what kind of browser and device you are using if you think it needs to be automatic.

Eclipse Chasers logo by Melissa


Thursday, 17 July 2014

Test site operating

The test site is up and running at:
http://www.eclipsechasers.com

Soon it will be both www.eclipse-chasers.com and www.eclipsechasers.com, for now, the dashed URL will take you to the older interface. Note that changes made to your log may not get carried over when the final blend is made. Please make new entries in the newer system.

Let me know of any issues or bad links!
-Webmaster Bill

Monday, 7 July 2014

New Look for web site

I have been cleaning up the website and will soon be revealing a new look. Some direct links may not work. Using the server, I hope to redirect the most popular ones so that normal surfing is not interrupted and dead links don't fill up the search engines. Let me know if you encounter a problem.

The new look will allow for a more friendly tablet interface and printable pages.

-www.eclipse-chasers.com webmaster Bill

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Lunar Eclipse coming soon

During the early morning hours of April 15th, there will be a total lunar eclipse. You can figure out what time to look using the following link to an online calculator:
http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/LunarEclipse.php

Total lunar eclipses are great opportunities for a star party. This one will be in the early hours of the 15th (the night of the 14th). So if you happen to be working on your taxes that night, you might want to take a break and step outside to enjoy a tax-free view of the Moon in eclipse.