The Sun, the Moon, and us: American eclipse of 2017

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Director Scott McIntosh gave a NCAR Explorer Series Lecture detailing the anticipated great American eclipse of 2017. This lecture was recorded live and is now available to watch!

Solar Eclipse image

The video is now available! A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth - causing the Moon to block the light from the Sun. Typically the Moon only partially blocks the Sun’s light during an eclipse, however occasionally the Moon completely blocks the Sun, causing what is called a total solar eclipse. August 21 2017 will be just one of those occasions - the first in the continental US since 1979. Day will turn to night for two minutes during this time and the Sun’s enigmatic faint extended atmosphere, or “corona,” will shine in the dark sky.

The Explorer Series is NCAR’s new public lecture series appropriate for ages 12+. Learn about future lectures at: NCAR Explorer Series Webpage.