Elementary science curriculum creator Mystery Science is partnering with Google to help kids across the US experience the Great American Total Solar Eclipse on August 21. The partnership will see millions of solar eclipse safety glasses donated to community libraries in the STAR Library Education Network, and 1,500 eclipse glasses will be shipped directly to schools.
On August 21, the sky will become dark and the stars will be visible during the day. The last total solar eclipse to cross the US occurred in 1918 and is not predicted to happen again until 2045. Homemade filters, sunglasses of any kind, unfiltered cameras, telescopes and binoculars are not safe for looking directly at the sun during the solar eclipse. Google’s solar eclipse glasses, however, meet NASA’s standards and feature extremely dark lenses made by Rainbow Symphony.
In addition to distributing the eclipse glasses to teachers and students across the country, Mystery Science will also provide exclusive educational videos and lesson plans relating to the solar event, available for free download at EclipseAmerica.org.
Google’s partnership with Mystery Science and its Eclipse Megamovie Project are intended to inspire a new generation of explorers and scientists. The Eclipse Megamovie Project will gather images of the eclipse from more than 1,000 volunteer photographers and amateur astronomers, as well as additional members of the general public. These images will then be stitched together to create an expanded and continuous view of the total eclipse as it crosses the US.