Solar Eclipse Happenings

Eclipse Safety: As a reminder – You must keep your solar glasses on at all times when looking at the sun.  The only time it is okay to remove your solar glasses is during the few minutes of the total eclipse.
Education Training – Recorded for your viewing later

Nebraska Extension, Hastings Museum, and Raising Nebraska has held several trainings this summer involving solar eclipse resources, lesson plans and a citizen scientist effort.  If you missed a training, but would like the resources we encourage you to watch the recorded training (about 90 minutes) and complete the on-line evaluation.  After completion of the evaluation, you will receive the password for the curriculum.

The eleven Solar Eclipse Lessons & Resource information can be found here.

Evaluation Documentation for Use of Lessons:

Thank you for utilizing the Solar Eclipse educational resources.  There are two ways we would like to receive feedback.

  1. Student Evaluation – Completed by youth in grades 4th – 12th, who participated in any of the solar eclipse lessons.  Youth may complete the Student Evaluation Paper Copy or an electronic version.  Please submit the paper evaluations to Jackie Steffen at Nebraska Extension in Cedar County.
  2. Educator Evaluation – Completed by teachers or adults who taught one or multiple lessons.  Teachers are to complete the online evaluation.

Review this, Evaluation Overview, for complete evaluation information.

All feedback is requested October 1st of the current year.

Become a Citizen Scientist on August 21st!

We are asking for classrooms, schools, organizations, and individuals to serve as citizen scientists on Monday, August 21st before, during, and after the solar eclipse.  The project is to measure, record and then report the ambient temperature in Fahrenheit.  There is strong evidence from past solar eclipses, that there will be a temperature change from the beginning stage, to total eclipse, to completed stage. According to NASA, the difference in temperature during a solar eclipse is ¾ or ½ maximum day-night difference. You can calculate the day-night difference by taking the average daytime minus nighttime temperature difference at the time of year and location on the Earth.

A complete lesson involving the Citizen Scientist can be found here.
The recording sheet only can be found here.

Determine your amount of totality and time for your location by visiting the NASA Interactive Map. It is recommended to determine your totality time and complete the times to record prior to the eclipse.


Report your data here!  We are excited to receive everyone’s data & pictures!

Check out all temperatures that have been entered through the visualization tool.