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2024 Total Solar Eclipse: External Sources

Rochester Museum & Science Center



View the complete Roc 2024 Total Solar Eclipse guide made in partnership with the Rochester Museum and Science Center.

Learn about eclipses, eclipse events to attend in the greater Rochester area, where to find legit eclipse viewing glasses, or sign up to volunteer for the 3 day Roc the Eclipse festival April 6th - 8th, 2024.





Monroe County Public Library

Check out a teaching kit from MCLS to use in your classroom!
Kits include a facilitator's guide, activity cards, models, sunoculars, and more.
To see the full list of materials, see the PDF document below. 

To request a kit until March 15th, email Tonia Burton, Children's Services Consultant.
Kits must be picked up from the public library. 


Have a Monroe County Public Library card?
Check out their eBooks and eAudiobooks on the eclipse.

Don't have a card? Sign up here.

National Science Foundation

What You Might See During an Eclipse:

3 Weird Facts You Didn't Know About Eclipses (0:57)
Learn about shadow bands, temperature changes during eclipses, and the Saros Cycle.


Solar Eclipses Explained (8:47)
Learn about total solar eclipses, the solar atmosphere, what you'll see, and how eclipses are studied. 

National Air & Space Museum

NYS & National Parks

  • Eclipse Health & Safety - Learn about eye protection, weather, and outdoor safety you'll need during the eclipse
  • Eclipse Events Calendar - Find events from Niagara to the Finger Lakes to the Adirondacks dedicated to the eclipse
  • Educator Resources - Follow links to a compilation of educational activities from a variety of sources like the American Astronomical Society, the National Solar Observatory, NASA, Rice Space Institute, the Lunar and Planetary Institute, Central NY Observers & Observing, Discover the Universe of Canada, and many more.


Learn how to safely view an eclipse. Check out the map of the eclipse's path to see which parks are in the path of totality. 



Discover details about the eclipse, quick facts, and an interactive 3D visualization of the April 2024 eclipse. 

Find a lesson in English and in Spanish for grades 5+ about solar eclipses. Includes reading, videos, and activities.

Listen to NASA's Curious Universe podcase episode "Hum of the Sun," (32:01) to learn about the sounds the sun makes. 

Learn more about the sun and eclipses in Spanish through Universo Curioso de la NASA's episode "Todo Sobre el Sol," (36:27). 



Watch NASA's Space Place animated clip (2:06) about the upcoming solar eclipse. Learn about what a solar eclipse is, totality, what it's like to experience a total solar eclipse, how long it lasts, what the corona is, and when the next one will be. 

View a gallery of fact sheets, fliers, maps, and posters on eclipses. Keep an eye out for new additions as we get closer to April 2024!

Want to get involved? Join any of NASA's Citizen Science projects related to the Sun including:

  • Eclipse Megamovie - "Returning for the April 2024 total solar eclipse to study the sun’s atmosphere (the corona) in white light to better understand the density of the changing plasma in the sun’s atmosphere."
  • Eclipse Soundscapes - "studying how eclipses affect life on Earth during the October 14, 2023 annular solar eclipse and the April 8, 2024 total solar eclipse. Eclipse Soundscapes will revisit an eclipse study from almost 100 years ago that showed that animals and insects are affected by solar eclipses!"
  • SunSketcher - "Use your phone to help measure the exact shape and size of the Sun by photographing an eclipse phenomenon"


National Solar Observatory

Learn all about the sun including the corona, the sun's magnetic field, solar flares, sunspots, and more!

Watch the Solar Webcast where they discuss lots of eclipse facts like what to expect, how the eclipse is mapped, and how to observe.

Check out their Google Classroom resources including activities, career info, assignments, and more. Resources are available for K-12 and more specifically for middle and high school students. For specific lesson plans and activity guides for the upcoming solar eclipse, click here


NISE works with educators, researchers, and other STEM professionals at schools, museums, universities, and other organizations to create opportunities for learning about STEM. NISE is committed to lifelong learning, professional development, and the sharing of ideas and resources to create "interactive, imaginative, and social experiences" exploring STEM. 

See their guide to preparing for teaching about the solar eclipse

Find more resources - including maps, activities, handouts, community events and experts - here

Their site includes lesson plans, resources, professional development, and networking opportunities for science teachers at all levels.

View the solar eclipse guide for educators. It includes a "troubleshooting" guide with answers to questions often asked by students, what to do if the day of the eclipse is cloudy, and how to pair with community partners for events. 

Or, search the site for "solar eclipse" to yield over 3,000 results including articles, videos, planning guides, and activities. Visit their forums to discuss plans and resources by topic or by teaching area.


STAR Library Network focuses on building STEM skills in conjunction with partners like the Space Science Institute, the National Science Foundation, and NASA. Browse their professional development offerings and STEAM resources and activities.

Focus on the solar eclipse through their site SEAL (Solar Eclipse Activities for Libraries) to find training on solar science programming, activities, resources, fliers and posters, and get eclipse glasses for your library.


Big thanks go out to Lisa Brigandi and the Monroe 2 BOCES School Library System, who designed this LibGuide and gave us permission to use it.