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Project: Observe an eclipse

Tier: 2

Location: home

Other information, requirements, or equipment you must supply (may be blank): Solar filter is required for solar eclipse obervations

Observe a solar or lunar eclipse. For a lunar eclipse, your observations should either start before the partial eclipse begins and go through totality, or start when totality begins and end with the end of the partial eclipse (essentially half the eclipse). If the moon rises or sets so that less than half the eclipse is visible, observe as much of it as possible. For a solar eclipse, you should observe as much of the eclipse as possible, but please remember, NEVER LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN WITHOUT A SOLAR FILTER even during an eclipse.

Eclipse observations should be done every few minutes. Record the time of the observation, an estimation of the fraction of the eclipsed portion, and any special observations such as the color of the shadow during a lunar eclipse, or visibility of the string of pearls during a solar eclipse.