Online Viewing Options & Activities

Experience the total solar eclipse virtually: Those outside the eclipse path, under cloudy skies or staying indoors, below are plenty of options to watch the celestial event live. Below are some suggestions to take full advantage of this rare occasion.

These resources will serve as a catalyst for the inquiry process and ignite students’ natural sense of curiosity and wonder. You can host an indoor viewing party, view a live stream of the eclipse, or explore engaging multimedia content, classroom resources, activities, eclipse maps and more.

1) Host a Viewing Party

Below are some useful tips to help you host a indoor viewing party for your class, school, or community. These Viewing Party Guides will provide guiding questions, hands-on activities, and content recommendations by grade level.
.NASA Eclipse Viewing Party ….. Discovery Education Eclipse Viewing Party

2) Watch Online

August 21 starting at 11:15am MST
Capture every moment of the Great American Eclipse with live coverage from the Science Channel right here. Broadcasting live from Madras, Oregon — one of the nation’s premier viewing spots — with astronomers and educators, in collaboration with the Lowell Observatory — and we will be streaming their footage direct to your classroom. Plus, you can also see live footage from other prime viewing destinations across America — and you’ll even get a glimpse of the eclipse from the International Space Station. LIVE Stream

Discovery Education – On-Demand Video and Classroom Resources – All St. Vrain schools will have access to Discovery’s collection of solar eclipse resources for K-12 classrooms in Streaming and Science Techbook. You’ll find a variety of multimedia options, from videos and maps to pictures and lesson starters, Use the link below and to explore the Solar Eclipse Content Collection. Then simply type “Great American Eclipse” into the search window to locate these helpful resources. (Access for St. Vrain Teachers)

ABC will air a two-hour special on the eclipse starting at 11 a.m. MST. The broadcast will also air on as well as Facebook Live and YouTube.

CNN and Volvo will provide a 360-degree view of the eclipse with 4K resolution from different locations along the eclipse path. The stream will also be viewable in virtual reality, which people can navigate by moving a phone or virtual reality headset. The livestream begins at 10:03 a.m. MST:

3) Explore Online

  • TEDEd – A rare, spectacular total eclipse of the sun – How can the tiny moon eclipse the sight of the gargantuan sun? By sheer coincidence, the disc of the sun is 400x larger than the disc of the moon, but the sun is 390x farther from Earth — which means that when they align just right, the moon blocks all but the sun’s glowing corona.
  • Eclipse History – The earliest writings we have showing that people paid attention to eclipses in any official way are around 5,000 years old. Here are examples throughout history from across the globe.
  • Eclipse Misconceptions – Humans have watched eclipses since before the dawn of written history, and during this long span of time our scientific understanding of the physical world has grown enormously. As a consequence, many of the older ideas we had about the causes and effects of total solar eclipses have been replaced by detailed physical explanations. Nevertheless, some older ideas seem remarkably resistant to replacement by the more scientifically-correct explanations. Here are a few of the most popular ones.
  • NASA Television App – The NASA Television App brings live and on-demand TV programming to your phone. Watch the latest NASA events unfold in real-time or select from a list of recently uploaded videos. Or plan your viewing up to a week in advance with the NASA TV schedule.
  • Smithsonian Solar Eclipse App – Don’t miss a moment with the Smithsonian Solar Eclipse app. Watch a live NASA stream of the eclipse as it travels across the continental United States, calculate your view with our interactive eclipse map, and get a virtual view in our eclipse simulator. While you wait, check out some of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory’s solar research and get even closer to the sun with near-live views from space.
  • NASA Eclipse 2017 Interactive – In this interactive, web-based 3D simulation, you can click anywhere on the Earth to preview your view of the August 21st, 2017 total eclipse. This will work in the web browser on your desktop or laptop, as well as on newer tablets and mobile phones, in either iOS or Android operating systems.