Educator Resources for Eclipse

Want to watch the sun disappear? It's no magic trick—it's a total solar eclipse! This rare and spectacular phenomenon is just one type of eclipse caused by Earth's cosmic dance with the moon and the sun. At certain points in the moon's orbit, it blocks our view of the sun, resulting in a solar eclipse. And when Earth gets between the sun and the moon, our shadow crosses the moon, resulting in a lunar eclipse. But why are eclipses so rare? Tim and Moby have the answer. They'll also explain the difference between partial and total eclipses; what an umbra is; why the path of totality is the place to be; and how to observe a solar eclipse safely. Don't let this movie pass you by—click "play" and prepare to be illuminated!