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Total Solar Eclipse 2017!


On Monday, August 21st at 11:47 a.m., a total eclipse of the sun will be visible across parts of the United States. This rare event has not occurred in the past 99 years.

Flagstaff Academy, with a science and technology focus, wants to make the most out of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our students.

Flagstaff Academy will provide safety viewing goggles for all students and staff. For viewing, all students and staff will be required to use special eclipse-viewing safety glasses as safety is our prime consideration. If eclipse viewing glasses and other safety procedures are properly followed, viewing an eclipse can be a safe and rewarding learning experience. Below is the plan for this special day:

  • Students will be outside to view the eclipse between 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.; the Eclipse will be at its totality at 11:47 a.m.

  • Parents are invited to come and view the eclipse with their student(s). We do have a limited amount of safety glasses for parents.

  • The parking lot will be closed from 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. to allow for more viewing space, and parking is available on the street across from the school.

  • Students who have lunch scheduled during the viewing may bring a sack lunch or take their hot lunch outside.

Additional Instructional Components:

  • A link has been constructed by the Science team for teachers and staff to access online instructional resources and projects.

  • Our Science Lab Teacher and Greenhouse Manager will be visiting all K-5 classrooms in order to provide an interactive astronomy lesson to prepare the students to watch the eclipse.

  • Our Middle School students will learn about the eclipse and make pinhole shadow boxes to use during the viewing event.

  • Eclipse information and projects for families and students to view and complete at home are available through our website. This will also include Citizen Science Projects for families who are traveling to see the eclipse. Citizen Science Projects are listed on Space.com: 

    • GLOBE Observer
    • Eclipse Megamovie: This will collect images from more than 1,000 volunteer photographers and amateur astronomers (and anyone else who is interested) to make a view of the total eclipse during its journey across the United States.
    • Citizen CATE (Continental-America Telescopic Eclipse): This will take images of the inner solar corona, using 60 telescopes used by high schools, universities and citizen scientists. The goal is to get high-resolution imagery of the corona for 90 minutes.
  • iNaturalist (California Academy of Sciences): This iTunes app will let people record the observations of organisms at their eclipse-watching locations. The academy suggests people record observations 30 minutes before totality, during totality and 30 minutes after totality.
Rainy Day Viewing
  • For four hours surrounding the eclipse, NASA will host an Eclipse Megacast providing unique broadcast coverage across multiple sites across the country. This is a hosted and narrated experience that will offer students interaction with scientists via social media.
  • The Exploratorium will be filming the event from two different locations and live streaming it globally, including one stream that is just the visual eclipse with no narration, allowing you and your students to discuss what you are seeing. Audiences can join on this website.