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How To Predict Eclipses – Virtual

Grades 9-12 | We review the sun and moon motions needed to produce a solar eclipse. Then we discover how to predict when those conditions will recur.

  • Virtual
  • Virtual Experiences
  • 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade
  • Physical Sciences

Streaming Live from the Strasenburgh Planetarium

We review the sun and moon motions needed to produce a solar eclipse. Then we discover how to predict when those conditions will recur. This prepares us for eclipses coming soon, including the total solar eclipse in 2024. 

Virtual Format: Teachers should plan to provide us a Zoom or Google meet link. We visit your classroom as a virtual guest.

  • Please note: some school internet systems require a change in settings to allow outside speakers. We recommend a five-minute test session a few days before your scheduled program to check the connection.
  • Teachers are responsible for moderating the chat and Q&A from students.

For content questions, contact Steve Fentress at sfentress@rmsc.org.

NYS Standards:
  •  HS-ESS1-7. Construct an explanation using evidence to support the claim that the phases of the moon, eclipses, tides, and seasons change cyclically.


How To Book

  • Call: 585.697.1942

  • Reservation Lead Time: At least 3 weeks

Need More Information?

  • Contact: Guest Services
  • Phone: 585.697.1942


When Is It?

  • Days Available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Start Date: 09/07/2022
  • End Date: 06/22/2023
  • Program Length: 45-50 min.
  • Earliest Start Time: 9:30am

Who Should Attend?

  • Grades: 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

How Much Does It Cost?

  • Price per session (for 1-30 students): $150
  • Minimum Student Charge: $150/class