In the Path of Totality: Eclipse 2024!

Celebrating the wonder and science of the 2024 total solar eclipse.

The afternoon of April 8, 2024, at the northern edge of GMRI’s Learning Ecosystems Northeast territory, for just a few minutes the skies darkened as though it were dusk or dawn, the temperature dropped, and nighttime creatures became alert. For the first time since 1963, and not again until 2079, the northeast was in the path of totality of a solar eclipse and the GMRI/LENE team is excited to help educators, youth, and communities celebrate — whether you were on or off the path of totality. By providing an array of resources and learning experiences for use (before, during, and after the eclipse) in classrooms, libraries, and out-of-school programs, we will highlight the unique science of solar eclipses alongside their beauty and wonder. Photo credit (left): Mantarays Ningaloo, Australia/MIT-NASA Eclipse Expedition

Project Goals:

  • Champion engagement with this once-in-a-lifetime event by highlighting both the unique science and the wonder of solar eclipses.
  • Provide resources and professional development that support flexible implementation across a variety of learning contexts and scenarios.
  • Focus learning experiences on the time before and after the eclipse, leaving the day of the event open for sheer enjoyment.
  • Demonstrate the role of community science in documenting phenomena and contributing to the scientific efforts.
  • Share and emphasize critical equipment and procedures to keep everyone safe during the eclipse.
This is a map showing the path of totality for the 2024 total solar eclipse.
Credits: NASA/Scientific Visualization Studio/Michala Garrison; eclipse calculations by Ernie Wright, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

A total solar eclipse darkened a swath of North America as the Moon blocked the light of the Sun for a few minutes on April 8, 2024. The Moon’s shadow raced across the Earth at 1950 kph, with an umbral path 275 km wide. In addition to casting a breathtaking, passing shadow over the heads of millions of people, this total solar eclipse gave scientists a unique opportunity to study the Sun, Earth, and their interactions.

As a NASA partner, GMRI and Learning Ecosystems Northeast are excited to join the effort to make sure educators and youth both on and off the path of totality have the chance to engage with this exciting event.

The Learning Ecosystems Northeast team has curated a collection of resources that reinforce our commitment to connecting in- and out-of-school learning. Activities suitable for classrooms, libraries, after-school programs, camps and 4-H programs, and numerous other settings will allow communities to engage youth in learning about and modeling eclipses. Community science investigations support understanding the changes during an eclipse as temperatures drop and environmental sounds change. We have attended particularly to non-visual ways to experience an eclipse, given the possibility of cloud cover or precipitation in the path of totality. We have deliberately chosen learning experiences that can be done before and after the day of the eclipse, leaving that day completely open for sheer enjoyment wherever educators and youth find themselves.

Share Your Eclipse Experience

Anyone who experienced the 2024 total solar eclipse will have something to say about it. We want to enable these stories to add to our existing knowledge and to be grounded in background information. We also want to showcase these observations to create a lasting impact for others to see. We will add any submitted Eclipse Nature Notes to our eclipse 2024 map.

Contribute your story

We would love to include your solar eclipse experience on our eclipse map so that other people can see your perspective from April 8th. You can submit a video interview, a story of your experience, an audio recording, an image with description, artwork, a poem — or anything else!

Total Solar Eclipse Map

Explore this map to learn more about the path of totality for the upcoming total solar eclipse.

This is an interactive map that shows the path of totality for the upcoming total solar eclipse.

A photo of the total solar eclipse viewed from Saddleback mountain.
GMRI staff snapped this photo of the total solar eclipse over Saddleback Mountain.
A GMRI staff photo shows darkened landscapes during midday when the eclipse reached totality off the Appalachian Trail in Monson, ME.
A GMRI staff photo shows darkened landscapes during midday when the eclipse reached totality off the Appalachian Trail in Monson, ME.
Children use eclipse glasses connected to paper plates to protect their eyes and wandering gazes.
Children used custom eclipse glasses with extra protection for wandering gazes.

Upcoming Events and Resources

  • Eclipse Science through Data. Use this new data activity to engage your learners on solar eclipse occurrences over time. The activity encourages your students to notice patterns in eclipses over the course of thousands of years.
  • Watch a recording of the Eclipse Q & A session we held on March 5, 2024.
  • Watch a recording of our Eclipse Nature Notes training webinar.

You can find the path of totality and GMRI partners on our map.

Educator Information

As well as our curated resources for making models, projectors and more, we are recommending three projects to all educators for observing the solar eclipse with your learners. These encourage observation of different aspects of the eclipse and are great for a cloudy eclipse day and for observing anywhere in the country. They help users to create data on temperature change, cloud cover and wildlife sounds, and that data will have a lasting impact after the eclipse.

  1. GLOBE Observer app. This citizen science project uses an app that will feature an Eclipse Data Observer feature. This will allow anyone to input temperature and cloud data for the few hours before and after the eclipse. The data will be used as part of the citizen science project. You will need an outdoor thermometer to record temperature data during the eclipse.
  2. Eclipse Soundscapes. This project allows anyone to submit sound observations during the eclipse. The wildlife around you, and the weather, will be affected by the moon covering the sun. The Eclipse Soundscapes project team will use all the submitted sound data to investigate how the eclipse affects wildlife and other sounds.
  3. Eclipse Nature Notes. Nature Note is a GMRI project that will include a writing and observation prompt that you can use to encourage anyone to write and submit their eclipse observations. These will be sent to other groups for peer review, and finally released on our digital map for anyone to explore. Sign up for Nature Note updates, including updates in webinar training sessions, here.
    1. Nature Notes Webinar Recording and Slides.
  • After the Eclipse

    Write and submit — after the eclipse take time to write down and submit your observations in an Eclipse Nature Note, and make sure to submit your community science data to be analyzed by the project team.

Sign up for eclipse 2024 updates!

See what it would be like to experience a total solar eclipse in the path of totality in this video from NPR.

A man's hand shows shadows and light.
Photo Credit: NASA
NASA employees observe the 2017 solar eclipse.
Photo Credit: NASA/Josh Krohn
This shows a composite of a total solar eclipse.
This composite image shows the progression of a total solar eclipse over Madras, Oregon on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. Image Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani

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