Interpreting Eclipses

A circle is a line with no beginning and no end, a line in continuous motion for eternity.

All parts of the line are equal distances from the center. 

In the natural world, a circle can emulate an open eye on a butterfly's wing to protect it from predators.

Documenting time in the concentric circles of a tree's rings provides

a record of growth and precipitation engraved within the heartwood.

tree rings

As a symbol of love and devotion, we give our love a circular wedding ring to wear.

wedding ring

Stars, planets, and moons take the shape of spheres, the 3-dimensional version of a circle created by gravity.



During an eclipse, two spheres align for a few significant moments,

shifting the natural rhythms of life, from light to dark, and back to light.


Sol, our glorious star and Luna, Earth’s constant companion will be having quite a big year between the morning of October 14, 2023, and afternoon of April 8th, 2024. An annular eclipse or Ring of Fire eclipse will take place on the morning of October 14, 2023, leaving the Earth bathed in sunrise colors with an orange ring surrounding the Moon while it crosses the surface of the Sun. The following Spring in the afternoon of April 8th, 2024, darkness will envelope the Earth for a few minutes leaving the corona of the Sun visible while the Moon blocks the entire solar surface. The dance between the Sun, Moon, and Earth will leave all that witness these events spellbound at the connections for all life on Earth to the solar system beyond.


NASA Eclipse Engagement 

Annular eclipse training from NASA, abridged for interpreters

National Park Service Eclipse Engagement:

For Formal and Informal Educators:

NASA Next Gen Stem Toolkits (Formal and Informal Educators)

My NASA Data

Moon Toolkit =

Sun Toolkit =

Earth Toolkit =

Hands-on Eclipse Activities (Interpreters, Informal Educators, and Formal Educators)


Night Sky Network -



Explore resources related to the 2023 and 2024 eclipses using the links above. For additional resources, dive deep into the resources from the 2017 total solar eclipse and recorded webinars. You can also explore NASA's eclipse website.

To receive the latest eclipse resources and reminders about upcoming webinars, join the Earth to Sky eclipse mailing list by sending an email to with "join" in the subject.

Please contact the ETS eclipse coordinator, Cris White, for more information about how Earth to Sky can support your eclipse planning efforts.


Upcoming Sessions

September 25th, 12:30 pm ET.  Register

       Peer Think Tank  - Cris White

October 2nd, 12:30 pm ET.  Register

       Remote Sensing for Eclipse Planning  - Dorian Janney

Interpreting the Eclipses: Upcoming Webinars

Join us for a series of short webinars featuring eclipse interpretation resources, heliophysics, lunar science, and eclipse science, as well as pathways of connection using interpretive techniques to connect visitors to the event happening at your site. 

Each webinar features 15 minutes of conversation with a subject matter expert and 10 minutes of Q&A to further learning. Feel free to stay longer for more discussion if you have the time!

Recordings of the webinars will appear below.