Have any plans to celebrate the eclipse in your community? Here are some resources that might be helpful!
- Though here in Texas we will only see a partial eclipse, timeanddate.com can tell you based on your location when you can expect to see the maximum eclipse possible. For instance, the maximum we will see here in Austin will be 68% coverage at 1:10pm, though the entire event will take about 3 hours. Consider scheduling a community viewing event around your local viewing information that can be found here.
- Remember it is dangerous to look directly at the sun. This grant is providing solar viewing glasses to public libraries. See how you can be involved here:
- The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Provides Public Libraries 1.26 Million Solar Viewing Glasses for the 2017 Solar Eclipse, BOULDER, Colo.–December 16, 2016– The Space Science Institute (SSI) was awarded a grant from the Moore Foundation that will provide 1.26 million solar viewing glasses and other resources for 1,500 public libraries across the nation. They will serve as centers for eclipse education and viewing for their communities. The libraries will be selected through a registration process managed by the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) and its NASA@ My Library project. The project team includes staff at SSI’s National Center for Interactive Learning. The Project Director is Dr. Paul Dusenbery (Director of NCIL). Andrew Fraknoi (Chair of the Astronomy Department, Foothill College), Dennis Schatz (Senior Advisor, Pacific Science Center), and Douglas Duncan (Director of the University of Colorado’s Fiske Planetarium) are co-directors. View The Full Press Release >>
Please share with us if you are planning anything!
This week I got to make some great bookart holiday decorations that I wanted to share.
First I made this totally secular (hmmm….) tree. Very simple, though a little monotonous and time consuming. This tree took me about 45 minutes. But it is the perfect activity for when you need to turn your brain off.
These are the instructions I followed.
Then I got to make these lovely snowflakes from weeded books. I was told how to do this so I took pictures and will include the steps here.
First, close your eyes, bite your lip, and then squeal a little bit while you tear some pages out of a book. Using a paper cutter or scissors, make them square. Like so…
Fold that in half to make a triangle.
And fold that in half again making a smaller triangle.
Now fold that triangle into thirds. So fold #1…
And then fold #2.
Now visualize a line that would make a smaller triangle. Here I have drawn it for you.
Cut along that line.
Discard everything but the triangle that is left.
Now get creative and cut out a design. Anything goes really as long as you don’t cut all the way through.
Unfold and you have your snowflake!
And here is one other decoration that would be great that I haven’t tried yet. These appear to be newspaper that has been cut, folded, and spray painted. They are lovely!