Eclipse Resources

The Olathe Public Schools celebrates the 2017 Solar Eclipse!
Explore below for resources to enhance your family viewing experience! 

Safe Viewing

You never want to look directly at the sun without appropriate protection. That could severely hurt your eyes.  For example, sunglasses will NOT provide adequate protection. However, there are many ways to safely view an eclipse of the sun including direct viewing (which requires some type of filtering device) and indirect viewing (where you project an image of the sun onto a screen). Both methods should produce clear images of the partial phase of an eclipse. 

Check this NASA site for safe viewing information.

Make a fun Cereal Box Viewer – a safe indirect way for the younger kids and anyone who does not have viewing glasses.   (PDF).

Make a Simple Card Projector with two pieces of paper or thin cardboard for indirect viewing.  (PDF) website explains several safe viewing methods.



NASA’s Eyes website is an interactive, 3D simulation of the total eclipse of August 21st, 2017.   You can click anywhere on the Earth to see the view of the total eclipse.  Use the latitude and longitude of your school to view the simulation.

Video:  Why a Total Solar Eclipse is Such a Big Deal – a well-produced video explaining the science of a solar eclipse and how it is different than a lunar eclipse.

Solar Science is a great learning tool from the National Science Teachers’ Association explaining eclipses, viewing, and providing other helpful information. (PDF)

Official NASA Eclipse Across America website for the August 21 eclipse.

NASA Website for Eclipse Information has a simulator to see what the eclipse will look like in your area.

“All-American” Eclipse Guide  (PDF)

Eclipse Brochure  (PDF)

Eclipse Across America Flyer  (PDF)

Seven of the Best Solar Eclipse Apps for August 21


Family Activities

Activity Guide for children through adults, with safe viewing instructions.  (PDF)

NASA Eclipse Kit with information and activities for families, communities, and summer camps.  (Includes the Activity Guide in the previous link.)

NASA’s Five Tips for Photographing the Total Solar Eclipse

Observe the phenomena known as shadow bands or shadow snakes just before and just after totality.  Learn more at NASA’s Exploring Shadow Bands site.

Be a Citizen Scientist for NASA!  Download an App for your phone, take data, and participate in a nation-wide study of the eclipse.  (Requires an accurate thermometer to collect air temperature.)

Exploratoruim’s Total Solar Eclipse website has information on how to view a solar eclipse with a specific What to See page which will also have a live stream of the event.

Boy Scouts can earn an  Eclipse Patch. (PDF)

The Girl Scouts have developed this Eclipse Box Activity Guide.  (PDF)


Olathe Public Schools has published this brief page of general resources for our community.  The links here are certainly not comprehensive, and inclusion is not necessarily an endorsement.