Want some good hand’s on fun this weekend? We suggest pulling up a seat to one of Nature’s most theatrical moments: an eclipse! This Sunday between 6:20 & 8:40 p.m. the moon will pass directly in front of the sun, leaving just a thin ring of sunshine around the moon visible. (Here in Salt Lake we’re in line to see 90% of the sun covered-apparently down a bit south in Cedar City it will be a full eclipse with the moon completely locking the sun.) It’s hard to imagine what this would look like but it certainly seems like something that should not be missed and a great opportunity to look up and be reminded of all the mysteries the natural world has to offer.
It’s also a great chance to gather your kids and engage them in a project that will help teach them about the eclipse and get excited about viewing it. Since it’s dangerous for eyes to stare directly into the sun, we suggest getting crafty and making this simple solar eclipse viewer made from everyday materials you are sure to have in your home. (Image above from Craft Jr.)
For more information about the eclipse check out the Clark Planetarium’s page which lists lots of city-wide viewing events and have your kids watch this short video (2 mins) about eclipses from National Geographic.
Feel free to share pictures of your homemade viewers or viewing parties with us here and we’ll post to our Facebook page! Have fun soaking up some science!