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Solar Eclipse Workshop

Solar Eclipse Workshop for Educators and Hosts of Eclipse-Viewing Events

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, 250 E. Franklin St, Chapel Hill NC

Saturday, July 8, 2017, 9 a.m. to 12 noon (check-in begins 8:45 a.m.)

OR Saturday, July 22, 2017, 9 a.m. to 12 noon (check-in begins 8:45 a.m.)

On Monday, August 21, 2017, the Moon passes in front of the Sun, and the entire United States will experience a partial solar eclipse for up to a few hours. Those fortunate to be within the “path of totality” – a roughly 70-mile-wide path from Oregon to South Carolina (including the far southwestern corner of North Carolina) -- will also experience a total solar eclipse lasting up to 2 minutes and 40 seconds. This is the first total solar eclipse anywhere in the 48 states since 1979 and the first continent-crossing total solar eclipse in the U.S. since 1918.

This workshop, led by coordinators of the Carolinas Solar Eclipse Party, is for educators and hosts of eclipse-viewing events (whether or not you’ll be in totality), including staff and volunteers with schools, museums, libraries, environmental education centers, businesses, and anyone else interested in helping others maximize the eclipse experience.

In this workshop, you will:

  • get an overview of the August 21st solar eclipse
  • experience a simulation of a total solar eclipse in the planetarium sky
  • participate in kinesthetic and hands-on activities to learn about size and scale in our solar system and about what causes moon phases and eclipses
  • gain skills for facilitating activities to teach others about the eclipse
  • practice safe methods for viewing the eclipse
  • receive an eclipse kit with 4 hands-on educational activities, a “Get Eclipsed” information booklet, two pairs of eclipse glasses, and other eclipse-related resources

We will spend part of the time outside, weather permitting. Please bring what you need to protect yourself from sun and heat. Be aware that eating and drinking are not permitted inside the fulldome theater.

This workshop is designed for educators and hosts of eclipse events. Others interested in learning more about the August eclipse are also welcome. Adults only.

The fee is $50 per person and includes an eclipse kit with educational materials and resources. Space limited to 25 people. Advance registration required, sign up here.

For questions about workshop content, contact eclipse@unc.edu

For questions about registration or payment, contact Richard Watt at rwatt@email.unc.edu or 919-843-3522.