Universe of Learning Science Briefing: May 2017

Created by Brandon Lawton Last updated 5/2/2017

The resources in this list pertain to the presentation given on May 4, 2017, titled, "Connecting the 2017 Great American Eclipse to the Cosmos".
NASA's Universe of Learning is a program which will integrate NASA's Astrophysics Science Mission Directorate programs, and will advance STEM learning and literacy by creating and delivering a unified suite of education products, programs, and professional development that spans the full spectrum of NASA Astrophysics.
NASA's Universe of Learning is partnering with the Museum Alliance to provide professional development briefings for the informal science education community. These briefings provide current NASA Astrophysics themes, content, and resources to the informal community. These curated lists present the resources described during the briefings. To find the briefings, you can go here:

  • Website: Eclipse 2017 - NASA site

    On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun's tenuous atmosphere - the corona - can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk. NASA created this website to provide a guide to this amazing event. Here you will find activities, events, broadcasts, and resources from NASA and our partners across the nation.
  • Activity: Recreate the Eddington Experiment

    How does the universe work? In 1919, the Eddington Experiment allowed scientists to test predictions of Einstein’s General Theory of relativity. Are you interested in replicating the Eddington Experiment which has not been done with ground-based optical telescopes since 1973? Find out more with this informational flyer.
  • Exhibit: Here. There. Everywhere.

    As far as we know, these laws of physics are universal. They apply here. They apply there. They apply everywhere. In this collection we show how our knowledge of familiar processes can be applied to help us understand similar behavior on grander scales, and in very different environments. The subtopic materials, "Light That Does Not Pass" directly connects to the physical concepts of eclipses.
  • Posters (Limited): Here. There. Everywhere.

    he physical processes of our natural world are on constant display. They shape our surroundings on scales large and small. Across the Universe, Nature does the same. This series helps us better understand cosmic phenomena by looking and studying what we see close to home. BECAUSE WHAT HAPPENS HERE, HAPPENS THERE, AND EVERYWHERE. These are posters (limited supply) that you can request for your institution.
  • Interactive: 5 Ways to Find a Planet

    In this interactive, you can explore the five primary methods by which astronomers search for exoplanets. Included in this list are techniques covered in this eclipse science briefing: coronagraphy and gravitational lensing.
  • Webcast and Hands-on Activity: Exoplanet Eclipses

    The National Solar Observatory is facilitating the creation of monthly webcasts to prepare educators and amateur astronomers for the 2017 Great American Eclipse. In this webcast, produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute, the connection between the eclipse and the study of exoplanets is discussed. A hands-on activity related to coronagraphy is also shown.
  • Public Lecture: The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

    In this archived webcast of a public lecture by astronomers and educators at the Space Telescope Science Institute, the science of solar eclipses is discussed, as well as demonstrations of observing activities.