Viewing Total Solar Eclipses
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Viewing Total Solar Eclipses

Theory, Safe Viewing Techniques, and What to Look for During a Solar Eclipse
4.5 (25 ratings)
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54 students enrolled
Created by Zack Stockbridge
Last updated 7/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 9 Articles
  • 4 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Students will understand why solar eclipses happen.
  • Students will know what logistics to consider when planning their eclipse experience.
  • Students will be able to observe the solar eclipse eclipse safely using a variety of techniques.
  • Students will be familiar with a variety of features on the Sun to observe during the eclipse
  • Students will be able to take the simplest of eclipse photographs.
  • Students will be able to begin planning their next total solar eclipse experience!
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Requirements
  • You should live on or be planning a visit to the North American Continent this August 21st.
Description

Solar eclipses are spectacular sights!  For centuries, total solar eclipses were omens of terror, but they are now attractions drawing thousands upon thousands of travelers.  There is much more to eclipses than meets the eye, though.  This course will delve into the science behind solar eclipses and place a heavy emphasis on observation

Historical accounts of past total solar eclipses are both fascinating and numerous.  However, this course will skip all of that and focus just on the practical knowledge and techniques necessary to thoroughly enjoy any solar eclipse - partial, annular, or total.

Astronomy educator Zack Stockbridge lives a few yards from the centerline of the path of the 2017 Great American Total Solar Eclipse and has spent a year planning and immersing himself in solar viewing and all things eclipse.  Although nothing beats an in-person, hands-on workshop, this course offers more information than the Basic and Intermediate Eclipse Viewing college continuing education courses he teaches.

When a solar eclipse approaches, many people get excited at the prospect of seeing such a spectacle but very few know much any details of what is about to happen.  This course will make you one of the few people truly well-informed and prepared for what many people describe as a life-changing experience!

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to know more about how to view the Great American Total Solar Eclipse.
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Curriculum For This Course
26 Lectures
02:10:18
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Introduction
1 Lecture 03:21

Lets take a look at why total solar eclipses are such a big deal.  While the focus is on the Great American Total Solar Eclipse, these principles apply to any total solar eclipse.

Preview 03:21
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Solar Eclipse Basics
7 Lectures 40:37
Solar Eclipses vs. Lunar Eclipses
03:10

What Causes Eclipses?
05:54

Eclipse Cycles: The Saros
05:57

The Size & Scale of the Solar System in Creating Solar Eclipses
02:40

Types of Solar Eclipses
10:41

Stages of an Eclipse
03:55

The Bling! Special Features of a Total Solar Eclipse
08:19
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Picking a Viewing Location
3 Lectures 10:40

Traveling for a Total Solar Eclipse
03:49

How to Enjoy Your Viewing Location
02:20
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How To View a Solar Eclipse
5 Lectures 31:34

Unsafe Viewing
04:45

Safe Viewing I: Projection Methods
12:27

Safe Viewing II: Direct Viewing Techniques
06:42

Safe Viewing III: Safely Using Telescopes and Binoculars
03:40
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Features on the Sun
4 Lectures 30:04
Which Parts of the Sun Can You See?
04:22

Solar Surface Features
11:06

The Sun's Atmosphere
07:58

The Corona
06:38
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Don't Bother With Photographs! But if you must...
4 Lectures 10:32
General Warning: Photography
02:49

Capturing the Partial Eclipse
02:41

Imaging Totality
02:07

Viewing a Total Solar Eclipse
02:54
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Looking Forward and Wrapping Up
2 Lectures 04:48
When Can I See Another?!
03:29

Wrapping Up
01:19
About the Instructor
Zack Stockbridge
4.5 Average rating
25 Reviews
54 Students
1 Course
Astronomy Educator

Zack has been an amateur astronomer for over 20 years and teaching college astronomy for over seven years.  He and his beloved wife live within the path of the 2017 Great American Total Solar Eclipse - just a few yards from the centerline!  Zack has spent the last two years working on various solar observation projects.  Having seen an annular solar eclipse in 2012, and several partial solar eclipses, he is excited to share all of his preparations and knowledge with you.