SOLAR Eclipse 2021
The Annular Solar Eclipse on June 10, 2021 is a once in a lifetime opportunity to view an incredible astronomical event, and will be best seen in the path of annularity in Northern Ontario, Northern Quebec, and Nunavut.
Discover the Universe is excited to help schools learn about eclipses and observe the June 10 eclipse safely. We are offering free Eclipse Kits to teachers, with a priority given to schools located in the Path of Annularity (see map above).
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We are no longer accepting orders.
Note that our Eclipse Kits are only for schools and classrooms.
If you are looking to order glasses for you and your family only, please use the order form through The Dunlap Institute.
About the Eclipse
Why is this eclipse special?
Solar eclipses visible from any location don’t happen often! The next total solar eclipse visible in Canada will be in 2024, and the next total or annular solar eclipse visible in Nunavut, Northern Quebec, or Northern Ontario will happen in 2048 at the earliest.
What is an annular solar eclipse?
A solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, casting a shadow on the Earth. From our perspective, this will look like the Moon is blocking out the Sun.
What is the difference between an annular eclipse and a total eclipse?
During a total eclipse, the Moon can cover the Sun completely and it gets much darker for a few minutes. This isn't the case for the June 10 eclipse. The Moon will appear slightly smaller in the sky because it will be further away from Earth. It won't cover the Sun completely and a ring of Sun will still be visible.
What will happen on June 10, 2021?
Early in the morning of June 10, the Moon will pass in front of the Sun, creating a solar eclipse. Depending on where you live, the eclipse will start before or after sunrise (see map) and will therefore be visible very early in the morning. The eclipse will need to be observed before school. Everyone located in the path of annularity will get to see the best show: a ring of Sun in the sky!
Why is it dangerous to observe a solar eclipse without eye protection?
It is always dangerous to observe the Sun, but we naturally tend not to look at it on any sunny day. During an eclipse however, we want to look at the Sun and we need to do it safely. The easiest way to do it is to have ISO certified eclipse glasses.
About the Kits
Why do you need a kit to get the most out of observing the eclipse?
We built the kit to make it easy for you and your students to learn about eclipses and to observe it safely. Since it is dangerous to look directly at the Sun, even during an eclipse, we are providing ISO certified eclipse glasses for your entire classroom. Observing with these glasses is very simple and safe: the only requirement is to hold them in front of your eyes while looking at the Sun and the eclipse.
What is the purpose of the kit?
The purpose of this kit is two-fold.
What comes in the kit, and why are these items included?
A standard kit comes with:
How do you order a kit?
Kits are completely free of charge, so all you need to do is tell us what to send and where! We will require a complete address (including postal code), the name of the contact person who will receive the kit, an email address to follow-up with your order, and if you would like a standard size kit (recommended for 1 classroom) or to customize your kit (if you're ordering for multiple classes).
What is the timeline for receiving a kit? When should you order?
These kits are designed with teachers and students in mind, and would be best used before the eclipse to help your students understand the phenomena they are observing. We would recommend incorporating lessons from the kit at least 1 week before the eclipse, but the earlier the better!
These kits are specially designed to support teachers in educating students on eclipses! They contain everything you need to teach a module in advance of the Annular Eclipse on June 10, 2021. They include a demo you can build with your students, as well as resources and activities for in-class use on a USB stick.
Don't miss your chance to get all the tools you need to educate your students on eclipse safety!
You should NEVER look directly at the sun!
However, we are including eclipse glasses that will protect your eyes from the damage direct sun rays can cause. Make sure you are safe when observing this Solar Eclipse, order your free kit today!
For more information on our Eclipse Kit, as well as the Eclipse, select the appropriate category below.
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