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: