Solar Eclipse Resources
Two solar eclipses are coming to North America!
An annular eclipse occurs on Saturday, October 14, 2023.
A total eclipse occurs on Monday, April 8, 2024.
Minnesotans will see partial eclipses for these two events.
Dates and times
Saturday, October 14, 2023
Partial Annular Eclipse viewing time for Fergus Falls: 10:26 am to 1:06 pm
Maximum View: 11:44 am
Monday, April 8, 2024
Partial Eclipse viewing time for Fergus Falls: 12:49 pm to 3:10 pm
Maximum View: 2:00 pm
Find times for other locations at https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/
Safe solar viewing tips
Never look directly at the Sun. You can seriously hurt your eyes, and even go blind. Proper eye protection, like eclipse glasses or a special solar filter, is the only safe option. Sunglasses don't work.
These methods are safe:
Solar Viewing Glasses are safe, too. If you normally wear glasses, put the solar viewing glasses on over your normal glasses.
Find instructions and templates for these ideas - and several others - at
Instructions available in Spanish
Slide presentation for teachers
Developed by Bookmobile Librarian and former science teacher John Van Kampen
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Ready-to-go materials developed by My NASA Data educators
Although geared to libraries, this 35-page guide includes great information for teachers and families, with chapters on the science of solar eclipses, safe solar viewing, eclipse event ideas, and additional eclipse resources.
Double-sided handout (8.5x5.5")
Ready-to-print Word document with two images on each side for two handouts per sheet
"What Happens in a Solar Eclipse" diagram and "Safe Solar Viewing" tips