8A20.30 - Eclipse - Solar Eclipse

Code Number:
Demo Title:
Eclipse - Solar Eclipse
Lunar and Solar Eclipse
Area of Study:
Earth-Moon-Sun Demo, Video Tapes, and 16mm Films of Solar Eclipses.

No advanced notice necessary.  Turn the arm until the shadow of the moon is clearly visible on the earth model.

Several video tapes of Solar eclipses taken by people from the department  are available.

  • Todd Brown, Katrina Brown, "Looking for Patterns in Eclipses: Saros Series", TPT, Vol. 56, #8, Nov. 2018, p. 564. 
  • Dave Vernier, "Data Collection During the Great American Eclipse", TPT, Vol. 55, #9, Dec. 2017, p. 565.
  • "Visual Physics: NASA Eclipse Photos", TPT, Vol. 55, #7, Oct. 2017, p. 448.
  • Rondo N. Jeffery, "Clearing Up Eclipse Misconceptions", TPT, Vol. 55, #7, Oct. 2017, p. 389.
  • Ellie R. Prim, David J. Sitar, "Using Stellarium to Cyber-Observe the Great American Eclipse", TPT, Vol. 55, #6, Sept. 2017, p. 382.
  • Jay Pasachoff, "Partial Eclipse via Cheese Grater", TPT, Vol. 55, #5, May 2017, p. 320.
  • Timothy F. Slater and Richard Gelderman, "Addressing Students' Misconceptions About Eclipses", TPT, Vol. 55, #5, May 2017, p. 314.
  • "This Month's Cover...", TPT, Vol. 55, #5, May 2017, p. 257.
  • Ramon E. Lopez, Bradley S. Ambrose, Janelle M. Bailey, Ximena C. Cid, Rebecca E. Vieyra, and Shannon D. Willoughby, "Connecting Undergraduate Instruction to the 2017 Solar Eclipse", TPT, Vol. 55, #4, Apr. 2017, p. 250.
  • Jay Pasachoff, "Jay Pasachoff Replies", TPT, Vol. 54, #5, May 2016, p. 259.
  • Dean Baird, "Don't Miss Sunballs During a Solar Eclipse", TPT, Vol. 54, #5, May 2016, p. 259.
  • Jay M. Pasachoff, "2017 Solar Eclipse", TPT, Vol. 54, #2, Feb. 2016, p. 68.
  • Jay M. Pasachoff, "Total Solar Eclipse to Sweep Across Americas", TPT, Vol. 35, #9, Dec. 1997, p. 515.
  • Mikolaj Sawicki, "Using the Solar Eclipse to Estimate Earth's Distance from the Moon", TPT, Vol. 34, #4, Apr. 1996, p. 232.
  • Thomas B. Greenslade, Jr., "Pinhole Images of the Eclipsing Sun", TPT, Vol. 32, #6, Sept. 1994, p. 347.
  • Gerald F. Wheeler and Larry D. Kirkpatrick, "Eclipse' 79: Physics Go Public", TPT, Vol. 17, #7, Oct. 1979, p. 443.
  • Peggy Dixon, "Junior College Research - Eclipse, 1970", TPT, Vol. 9, #5, May 1971, p. 276.
  • J. Mottmann, "Solar Eclipse Predictions", AJP, Vol. 48, #8, Aug. 1980, p. 626.
  • Deborah Kent, "The North American Eclipse of 1869", Physics Today, Vol. 72, #8, Aug. 2019, p. 46.
  • Jay M. Pasachoff, "Eclipse Science Today", Physics Today, Vol. 72, #8, Aug. 2019, p. 66.
  • Stephen G. Benka, "Making Waves With the Moon's Shadow", Physics Today, Vol. 64, #12, Dec. 2011, p. 24.
  • Cyril Galvin and George L. Murphy, "Study of 1919 Eclipse Sparks Talk of Terms and Terminology", Physics Today, Vol. 62, #11, Nov. 2009, p. 8.
  • Janice VanCleave, "131. Shapely", Janice VanCleave's 203 Ice, Freezing, Frosty, Cool & Wild Experiments, p. 73.
  • Janice VanCleave, "9. Blackout", Janice VanCleave's 203 Ice, Freezing, Frosty, Cool & Wild Experiments, p. 8.
  • Gabriel Popkin, "Solar Eclipse Offers Up a Scientific Bonanza", APS News, Mar. 2017, Vol. 26, #3, p. 4.
  • "Eclipse in a Different Light", NASA, Sun-Earth Day 2006.
  • Michael Zeiler, "See the Great American Eclipse of August 21, 2017", GreatAmericanEclipse.com.

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