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Sun, Earth, and Me: The Story of Eclipses

All Ages | Learn about the relationship between the Earth, the Sun, and the Moon to understand what causes an eclipse to occur.

  • Museum & Science Center
  • Science on a Sphere
  • Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, Teacher/Adult
  • Earth Science, Space Science
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Science on a Sphere Program, School add-on Program

An eclipse is coming to Rochester on April 8th, 2024! Grab your eclipse glasses and join one of our RMSC Educators as you get the inside scoop on this incredible phenomenon. Learn about the relationship between the Earth, the Sun, and the Moon to understand what causes an eclipse to occur. Explore different types of eclipses, learn about the concept of totality, and learn how to safely view the eclipse at home. Try out our Solarscope sun viewer, create a life size orrery, and use ferrofluid to see the invisible magnetic fields that control the movement of objects in our solar system and protect us from harmful solar radiation.

NYS Standards:

  • P-ESS1-1. Observe and describe the apparent motions of the Sun, moon, and stars to recognize predictable patterns.
  • P-PS3-1. Plan and conduct an investigation to determine the effect of sunlight on Earth’s surface.
  • 1-ESS1-1. Use observations of the Sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted.
  • 1-PS4-2. Make observations (firsthand or from media) to construct an evidence-based account that objects can be seen only when illuminated.
  • 1-PS4-3. Plan and conduct an investigation to determine the effect of placing objects made with different materials in the path of a beam of light.
  • 4-PS4-2. Develop a model to describe that light reflecting from objects and entering the eye allows objects to be seen.
  • 5-ESS1-1. Support an argument that differences in the apparent brightness of the Sun compared to other stars is due to their relative distances from Earth.
  • 5-ESS1-2. Represent data in graphical displays to reveal patterns of daily changes in length and direction of shadows, day and night, and the seasonal appearance of some stars in the night sky.
  • MS-PS2-3. Ask questions about data to determine the factors that affect the strength of electric and magnetic forces.
  • MS-PS2-4. Construct and present arguments using evidence to support the claim that gravitational interactions are attractive and depend on the masses of interacting objects and the distance between them.
  • MS-PS2-5. Conduct an investigation and evaluate the experimental design to provide evidence that fields exist between objects exerting forces on each other even though the objects are not in contact.
  • MS-PS4-2. Develop and use a model to describe that waves are reflected, absorbed, or transmitted through various materials.
  • MS-ESS1-1. Develop and use a model of the Earth-Sun-moon system to describe the cyclic patterns of lunar phases, eclipses of the Sun and moon, and seasons.
  • MS-ESS1-2. Develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar system.
  • HS-PS3-5. Develop and use a model of two objects interacting through electric or magnetic fields to illustrate the forces between objects and the changes in energy of the objects due to the interaction.
  • HS-ESS1-4. Use mathematical or computational representations to predict the motion of orbiting objects in the solar system.
  • HS-ESS1-7. Construct an explanation using evidence to support the claim that the phases of the moon, eclipses, tides and seasons change cyclically.

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    When Is It?

    • Days Available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    • Start Date: 09/20/2023
    • End Date: 06/25/2024
    • Program Length: 50 min.
    • Earliest Start Time: 10am

    Who Should Attend?

    • Grades: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, Teacher/Adult
    • Minimum Attendance: 8
    • Maximum Attendance: 25

    How Much Does It Cost?

    • $10 per person; PLUS: $6 Additional per person charge; 1 free adult with every 5 students; RMSC Member Adults free