Quantcast

Tips and tools for teaching and viewing the eclipse safely on Au - KATC.com | Continuous News Coverage | Acadiana-Lafayette

Tips and tools for teaching and viewing the eclipse safely on Aug. 21

Posted: Updated:
Photo courtesy: MGN Photo courtesy: MGN
BATON ROUGE, La. -

On Aug. 21, a solar eclipse will be visible across North America, passing through the U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon’s shadow passes over the Earth’s surface, temporarily blocking the view of the sun from the Earth. The last time a total solar eclipse occurred in the continental U.S. was 1979. This year, on Aug. 21, the eclipse will pass over the country again, with an 80 percent partial eclipse visible in Louisiana. With a grant from the Louisiana Space Grant Consortium, or LaSPACE, Dana Browne, professor and associate chair of the LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy, led a small team of K-12 teachers to develop a website toolkit for educators to teach students about the solar eclipse.

In Louisiana, the eclipse will block out about 80 percent of the sun’s light. Because the eclipse will be in optimal viewing position in the afternoon, while most children will be at school, Browne’s website has curricular materials and simple instructions for teachers to leverage this rare astronomic occurrence into an exciting and safe lesson for students.

“The eclipse gives students in Louisiana a unique educational opportunity to observe a natural astronomical phenomenon that both terrified and fascinated the ancient world, and helped develop the science of astronomy,” Browne said.

On the website, teachers can find historical and contemporary information about eclipses, and lesson plans for science and math classes from pre-kindergarten to high school. Browne has also included instructions for building simple solar eclipse viewers out of cardboard boxes, paper and aluminum foil for safely viewing the eclipse. He emphasizes that even though the moon will be blocking most of the sun during the eclipse, it is still not safe to look directly at the sun.

For more information on the LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy, visit www.lsu.edu/physics.

WEATHER
Power Doppler HD
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Police Searching For Missing Berwick Man

    Police Searching For Missing Berwick Man

    Monday, December 18 2017 1:56 AM EST2017-12-18 06:56:15 GMT
    Monday, December 18 2017 4:59 AM EST2017-12-18 09:59:50 GMT
    Missing:  Bruno LeitaMissing: Bruno Leita

    Police are currently searching for a missing Berwick man that suffers from a medical condition.

    Police are currently searching for a missing Berwick man that suffers from a medical condition.

  • Lafayette Crime Stoppers searching for theft suspects

    Lafayette Crime Stoppers searching for theft suspects

    Sunday, December 17 2017 10:31 PM EST2017-12-18 03:31:08 GMT
    Lafayette Crime Stoppers are searching for two theft suspects last seen in a U-Haul truck / Lafayette Crime StoppersLafayette Crime Stoppers are searching for two theft suspects last seen in a U-Haul truck / Lafayette Crime Stoppers

    Lafayette Crime Stoppers needs your help in identifying suspects responsible for a felony theft that occurred at a local business in Lafayette. 

    Lafayette Crime Stoppers needs your help in identifying suspects responsible for a felony theft that occurred at a local business in Lafayette. 

  • Dinosaur dad greets daughter at bus stop

    Dinosaur dad greets daughter at bus stop

    Sunday, December 17 2017 8:17 PM EST2017-12-18 01:17:41 GMT
    Dinosaur dad greets daughter at the bus stop / Courtesy: Tad Megan ParnellDinosaur dad greets daughter at the bus stop / Courtesy: Tad Megan Parnell

    It's not every day you see a dinosaur greet a student at a bus stop, but one Louisiana father pulled off the ultimate "dad joke."

    It's not every day you see a dinosaur greet a student at a bus stop, but one Louisiana father pulled off the ultimate "dad joke."

Powered by Frankly

© KATC.com 2017, KATC.com
A CORDILLERA COMMUNICATIONS Station
Privacy Policy, | Terms of Service, and Ad Choices

Can't find something?