There are many ways that you can safely enjoy a partial or total solar eclipse using items from around your house! Dr. Paul Doherty will show you a few of the easiest methods for safe solar viewing. Let us make this perfectly clear: Don't EVER look directly at the sun, even when it’s mostly covered during a solar eclipse. If even 1% of the sun is showing around the moon, it’s enough to damage your eyes! Just as a magnifying glass can focus enough sunlight onto a leaf to start a fire, the lens in your eye can also focus a sliver of light onto your retina to burn it. And because retinas have no pain receptors, you can permanently damage your vision without even feeling it happen.
Enjoy the highlights of totality from the 2016 total solar eclipse in Micronesia. At totality, the sun is completely hidden by the moon and the full glory of the solar corona is revealed. En Español
Few people saw the March 2016 total solar eclipse with their own eyes, but you can relive it in this hour-long program.
Un programa de 30 minutos con imágenes del eclipse total de sol del 2016 en Micronesia con interpretación dada por la astrónoma del Exploratorium.
The Exploratorium filmed the March 2016 total solar eclipse from the island of Woleai, Micronesia. Now you can see it, no matter where you are: watch the telescope view of the eclipse here.
For the solar eclipse of 2016, composer Wayne Grim created a live musical composition based on data produced by the eclipse. Listen for formal elements inspired by the rotational and orbital periods of the Earth, moon, and sun.
For the solar eclipse of 2016, the Exploratorium visited the island of Woleai, in Micronesia, and trained multiple telescopes on the sun. Composer Wayne Grim created a live musical composition based on data from the telescopes.
On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will occur over North America, visible in a thin band stretching from Oregon to South Carolina. No matter where you are, you can experience the Exploratorium livestream.
Join Exploratorium astronomer Isabel Hawkins and Exploratorium educator Liliana Blanco as they explain the celestial mechanics of a total solar eclipse. Through demonstrations, they show how the moon, sun, and Earth align to create the cosmic coincidence that we see as a total solar eclipse. En Español
Únete a la astrónoma del Exploratorium Isabel Hawkins quien junto a la educadora del Exploratorium Liliana Blanco explican los movimientos de los astros durante un eclipse total de sol. A través de demostraciones, ellas muestran cómo la luna, el sol y la Tierra se alinean para crear la coincidencia cósmica que llamamos un eclipse total de sol.
Total solar eclipses happen when the moon crosses between the sun and Earth, but Earth doesn't experience a total solar eclipse every month. Exploratorium Senior Scientist Paul Doherty explains why not.
Why don't we see a solar eclipse each every month? Exploratorium Senior Scientist Paul Doherty explains why eclipses, and even accurate models of the Earth, sun, and moon, are so rare.
It's never safe to look directly at the sun . . . but why not, exactly? Dr. Paul Doherty demonstrates what happens when the lenses in your eyes focus light from the sun on your retinas.
Exploratorium physicist Paul Doherty illuminates the mysteries of the Earth's magnetosphere and related space weather and describes NASA's newly launched Magnetospheric Multiscale mission to study this region.
Check out this D.I.Y. video on how to build your own sun viewer using items that you may have lying around your house.
Einstein predicted that light should be bent by gravity. This video explains Einstein's light-bending concept using nothing more than a wine glass and an LED light.
There are many ways to safely enjoy a partial or total solar eclipse using items from around your house. Dr. Paul Doherty will show you a few of the easiest methods for safe solar viewing.
It's NEVER safe to look directly at the sun, but you can still see what's going on up there—you can cast images of the sun using only a piece of paper and your own hands.
The Exploratorium sent a production crew to Woleai, Micronesia, to broadcast a solar eclipse live. To find a place to film, Executive Producer Robyn Higdon looked along the eclipse's path of totality and found the perfect spot.
Catch the excitement as the Exploratorium/NASA crew arrives at the atoll of Woleai to film the 2016 total solar eclipse. After a five-day journey via plane and boat, our team finally reaches their destination.
Once the Exploratorium crew arrived on Woleai to shoot the 2016 total solar eclipse, the first step was to find the perfect location for setting up telescopes and gear. This video gives you a quick feel for the atoll, its local culture, and our crew finding their spot on an abandoned WWII airstrip.
Need a tropical vacation, no matter where you are? Check out this awesome footage of the Woleai atoll from the air. The Exploratorium visited Woleai to broadcast a total solar eclipse in 2016—but you can enjoy it anytime.
Since 1998, Exploratorium crews have traveled all over the planet, bringing solar eclipses to worldwide audiences by live broadcast. See where this exciting program has been and where it's going in the future.