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“Total Solar Eclipse”

Instructions: Watch this video and answer the questions. Then, read the script at the bottom of the page.

When did the solar eclipse take place?

The eclipse will reach totality around ____.

The eclipse will last one minute, ___ seconds.

You should _____ in preparation for a solar eclipse

According to the video, what often happens during a solar eclipse?

Online Investigations and Discussion Questions

Use the Internet to find information about the next five solar eclipses to take place somewhere in the world. These can include partial, annular, or total eclipses. When will they happen? Will any of them occur near you?

Video Script

Hi, I’m Randall and welcome. It’s August twenty-first, two thousand and seventeen, and I’m here outside of Idaho Falls, Idaho, to witness a total solar eclipse. And solar eclipses occur throughout the world two to five times a year. Uh, there are different types of solar eclipses: a partial, an annular . . .

And when I came here this morning, uh, around 11:30, uh, well, . . . 11:30 last night . . . p.m. . . . I was the only car in this parking lot. Uh, there were two vans of, uh, television crew, but you can see all of these people that are coming to witness this event. It’ll happen around 11:34 (a.m.), I think or so, at this location, and it will . . . the total solar eclipse will last about a minute and forty seconds. I’m really excited.

You want to make sure when you witness a solar eclipse that you have the proper approved, uh, solar eclipse glasses, and so I’m looking forward to this event in a few minutes.

And it should be interesting because sometimes, because the moon passes in front of the sun, that the temperature can drop a little bit as well. Let’s . . . so let’s see what happens.