For the first time in nearly 4 decades a total solar eclipse will pass through the continental United States on August 21st. This one has been dubbed "The Great American Eclipse" as the path of totality will run across the U.S. And PASCO Wireless Sensors provide a low cost, high value way of measuring the effects of this historic event.
The solar eclipse will begin in the Pacific Ocean as the Sun rises and will actually rise while eclipsed. It will first touch U.S. soil a little north of Newport, Oregon at 17:15:50.6UT or a little after 10:15 a.m. local time.
The approximately 70 mile wide swath will move across the U.S. in a little over 90 minutes, last darkening the town of McClennanville, South Carolina at 2:49 pm local time.
The eclipse path. The solid red line shows the path of the total eclipse with the orange band showing the area where 90% of the sun being covered. Lighter orange and yellow areas show areas that will witness a partial eclipse.
Image courtesy of TimeAndDate.com
Using PASCO Wireless Sensors
Just download the free SPARKvue app for iOS, Android or Chromebooks or a free 60 day trial for Mac/Windows computers and then wirelessly connect our sensors with no other equipment needed.
Collect and stream data in real-time or set up the activity in advance using our exclusive logging mode.
Even if you aren't going to be along the path of totality, this is the first solar eclipse in nearly a century to be visible (and measurable!) to a large extent by the entire contigous U.S.!
Our SPARKvue software or app is intuitive, yet powerful giving you all the tools you need to measure the effects of the eclipse. Use the device of your choice and then share your data with your students or classmates.
Here are some initial activities for high school and middle school students. Check back soon as we will be adding additional activities in the weeks to come.
For high school students:
A complete activity for the day of the eclipse
Measuring a Solar Eclipse
For middle school students
Here are two preliminary activities that will help give students the skills and background they'll need leading up to the eclipse activity (coming soon)
Light and Angle
Light and Temperature
How much of the eclipse will you see where you are?