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Everything You Need to Know About a Total Solar Eclipse from Kids Podcasts


Have you ever witnessed the magic of a total solar eclipse? If you are lucky enough to be in the path of totality (a path across North America) for tomorrow's total solar eclipse, brace yourselves for an unforgettable experience!


Several years ago I listened to this amazing episode of Ear Snacks and learned that there are people who travel around the world to view them, called eclipse chasers!! While I'm not a chaser, I did take my 4-year-old on a 700-mile (round trip) pilgrimage to see the total solar eclipse that happened in August of 2017. I lobbied hard to travel to Texas to see tomorrow's eclipse but got outvoted by my family! 👎


What makes the eclipse experience so exciting is how rare this occurrence is. Total solar eclipses can only be viewed from certain locations (the path) every few years. Having that path near you during a time of year when the weather cooperates, makes the opportunity to see an eclipse less likely, which is why some people chase them around the world!


Everything I Learned About Eclipses from Kids Podcasts

A total solar eclipse is a rare cosmic event where the moon aligns perfectly with the sun, casting a shadow and blocking light. While an eclipse is happening it can feel like nighttime in the middle of the day. 


The most important thing to remember when planning to view an eclipse is to make sure you protect your eyes. Never look at the sun directly without the proper eye protection or you can risk permanent damage to your eyes. Special glasses like these must be used to properly block solar radiation when you are directly looking at an eclipse. You might think that using sunglasses will work, but they don't have the proper solar filters designed to safely view.


If you have trouble finding the official solar eclipse glasses, another safe tool to use is welding glass. You can typically find this at your local hardware store or an auto parts store. It's a square piece of glass that you hold in front of your eyes while directly looking at the eclipse. Note that the glass must be at least #14 (the grade of welding glass).


For wiggly little kids who may have a hard time keeping glasses on, try to create a mask like this. We created the one for the 2017 eclipse and it worked perfectly.

Another safe way to view an eclipse is through a pinhole projector. This provides an indirect view by creating a small hole in a piece of cardboard, allowing sunlight to project onto a flat surface. Here are some DIY ways to create the pinhole viewer.


For the best view, find a spot with an unobstructed view of the sky. Parks, school playgrounds, sports fields, or elevated areas will be great viewing spots if the weather is clear. If possible, plan your viewing spot away from light pollution. 

NASA's Eclipse website is a great resource for additional information on viewing.


The Best Information on When and Where

There are many online resources to help you find the best place and time to view the eclipse near you. I have been looking at my weather app and using this website to determine, by location, the best chance to see the eclipse (without rain or clouds).


Kids Podcasts!

Lastly, here are links to kids' podcasts and episodes packed with eclipse information. The latest episode links are here:


Here are some additional episodes created for the 2017 eclipse:


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