Seeing the Solar Eclipse from Orbit

Posted on Tue, August 15, 2017

On Monday, August 21, Astronaut Randy “Komrade” Bresnik will have an unbelievable view of the solar eclipse, set to pass across the United States. Bresnik will watch the solar eclipse from the International Space Station (ISS)—he should be in orbit over the U.S. at exactly the right moment. 

It will be Bresnik’s first time experiencing a solar eclipse from orbit. From his vantage point, Bresnik will be able to see the shadow of the Moon cast across the U.S. The ISS will also be equipped with special camera filters so Bresnik, and his fellow astronauts, can capture one-of-a-kind photos of what they see during the solar eclipse and share them with us back on Earth.

Be sure to head outside on August 21 to safely view the eclipse, and tune in to STEM in 30, which will be live from the path of totality starting at 1:30 pm. 

Model a Solar Eclipse

Subject: Physical Science, Earth & Space Science | Grade Level: 5-9 | Time: 30 Minutes
PDF iconLesson Plan: Modeling a Solar Eclipse

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