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The Big Eclipse now in Newberg, Oregon!

The Big Eclipse books and eclipse glasses can now be found at Pulp & Circumstance, a charming gift shop in Newberg, Oregon. Eclipse glasses make fun stocking stuffers!

Vanderbilt’s Dyer Observatory – ready for the eclipse!

Students and teachers regularly visit Vanderbilt’s Dyer Observatory in Brentwood, Tennessee, located just out Nashville, to learn about astronomy and space science. The Observatory staff is gearing up for the total solar eclipse to pass right overhead on August 21, 2017, and they have developed a web site page that offers some great…

Take a tour to totality!

On October 10, 2016, Posted by , In Eclipse education,Education, By , , With No Comments

Orbit Oregon is based in … drumroll, please! … Portland, Oregon. We just learned Portland Community College instructor Toby Dittrich will be leading a tour around the Northwest in August 2017 with the total solar eclipse as the main event! Folks on the tour will see scenic highlights of Oregon including the…

We’re ready for totality at OrbitOregon.org!

Want to be totally ready for totality? The Big Eclipse book now has its own web site, OrbitOregon.org. Your source for eclipse information for kids, teachers and other eclipse nuts. Sign up for The Big Eclipse newsletter for eclipse news – and share your fun eclipse ideas and photos with…

Eclipse Cookies: A Galaxy of Deliciousness!

On August 31, 2016, Posted by , In Fun Stuff, By , With No Comments

We’ve been experimenting in The Big Eclipse kitchen and have successfully created a recipe for Earth, Moon and Sun cookies that look as good as they taste! You, too, can make multiple eclipses, watch your friends orbit around them and then eat them up! Eclipse cookie recipe can be found…

NASA’s New Web Site: One-stop Eclipse Shopping!

On August 29, 2016, Posted by , In Education, With No Comments

Just in time for the new school year, the sun scientists at NASA/Goddard have launched a fact-filled web site about the 2017 total solar eclipse. There’s just about everything you need to know – why eclipses are important for science, how to watch the eclipse safely (whether or not you’re…

An interview with Nancy Coffelt, author and illustrator of The Big Eclipse

On August 23, 2016, Posted by , In Fun Stuff, With No Comments

Nancy Coffelt talks about her art, her favorite books, smiley dogs, the first eclipse she ever saw, and the neatest space thing she’s ever done. What was the first thing you ever drew and how old were you? I drew a stick person when I was three years old. What…

Let’s learn about the 2017 eclipse

Want to learn more about the 2017 total solar eclipse? Here are some links we like! NASA has some wonderful resources: NASA Total Eclipse 2017 Eclipse images from NASA NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio Goddard Space Fight Center More data and images from NASA There are several sites created by eclipse…

The Big Eclipse at Green Bean Books

On August 23, 2016, Posted by , In Events,Where to buy, With No Comments

Author Nancy Coffelt visited Green Bean Books on Alberta Street in Portland, for story time and eclipse crafts on August 16. Totality – when the Moon completely blocks the light of the sun! After story time, Nancy demonstrated how to make a solar viewer out of two pieces of paper….

The Big Eclipse at Hillsdale Library

On August 22, 2016, Posted by , In Events,Libraries, With No Comments

On Tuesday, August 16, author Nancy Coffelt came to Portland and read The Big Eclipse to kids at Multnomah County Library’s Hillsdale branch. We learned how to make a pinhole projector for safe eclipse viewing with two paper plates. Kids decorated their projectors with designs – here’s a very pretty…