For a few short minutes on August 21, 2017, day will turn to night, a phenomenon that has the whole country freaking out. And rightfully so, too. This is the first time in 99 years that a solar eclipse's path of totality will cut across the entire continental United States, meaning everyone in the country will be able to experience at least a partial solar eclipse. With the tail end of the path passing through Georgia's northeast corner, all areas of the state will witness at least 90% of the sun's light blocked by the moon. (Use this Vox interactive to see what percent of the sun will be blocked in your zip code.) So don't let your students miss this unique event! Explore the resources below to discover ways you can spark excitement in the classroom and ensure a safe viewing experience.
In this episode of Things Explained, learn what causes a solar eclipse, how to safely observe it, and what makes this year's event so special for those in Georgia. Click here to watch the video on PBS LearningMedia.