When is the next total solar eclipse?
It is scheduled for April 8, 2024!
There is an Annular solar eclipse scheduled for October 14, 2023.
You can find out more information about solar eclipse schedules at the Great American Eclipse website.
When we first wrote this article it was 2016 and we were about to have a big solar eclipse…
The last time in this century. That’s what you need to keep in mind about the solar eclipse that’s happening on Monday, August 21.
The last time.
At least, for North America.
So many times big events pass us by because we think, “Oh, I’ll catch the next one,” but in this case, you will not get that chance.
If you’ve been putting off figuring out what you need to know about the eclipse, here’s the take away!
First, don’t buy plants that day.
Okay, that one might be based off of my knowledge of musical theater than anything.
Second, know the path and know when to watch…
The closer you are to the path of the eclipse, the better your show.
But that doesn’t mean you won’t get a great show outside of the path, so third, make sure you have the right glasses…
Not all glasses are built the same, and you want to make sure you see everything you need to see, so forth, know what to look for…
It isn’t that you won’t enjoy the eclipse if you don’t know what you’re looking for, but understanding a bit of what’s happening, like shadow snakes, and solar beads, dropping temperatures…that all makes it a lot more fun.
Plus, did you know some animals are going to act strangely?
Like birds who stop chirping, spiders packing up their webs, you might even catch a bat or two in the sky.
Want to know what else to watch out for?
Take a look!
Things to Know about an Eclipse Day
Want to see more great videos?
More Eclipse & Space Fun from Kids Activities Blog
- Make an eclipse viewer for kids…or anyone!
- Check out these eclipse activities for learning and fun!
- Make a toilet roll space rocket craft for kids.
- Egg carton rocket craft is really cool.
- Easy LEGO rocket you can make at home.
- Rocket coloring pages & information about SpaceX.
- Balloon rocket – make it!