Eclipse Demonstration with Steve Bowen

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Astronaut Steve Bowen creates a model of the Earth, Moon, and Sun system inside the Japanese Kibo Laboratory on the International Space Station! Steve demonstrates the unique Earth and Moon orbits and highlights the unique differences between an annular and total eclipse. Each concept is enhanced with graphics and animations developed in consultation with Astrophysicist Jeffrey Bennett.

Read by Astronaut Stephen (Steve) Bowen


Except during the brief total phase of a total solar eclipse (2024), when the Moon completely blocks the Sun’s bright face, it is not safe to look directly at the Sun without specialized eye protection for solar viewing. Eclipse glasses are NOT regular sunglasses; regular sunglasses, no matter how dark, are not safe for viewing the Sun. Safe solar viewers are thousands of times darker and must comply with the ISO 12312-2 international standard.

Always inspect your eclipse glasses or handheld viewer before use; if torn, scratched, or otherwise damaged, discard the device. Always supervise children using solar viewers.

Totality!: An Eclipse Guide in Rhyme and Science

Written by: Jeffrey Bennett

Totality! features a unique combination of rhyme and science that makes it suitable for a wide range of ages. The rhyme has been pedagogically constructed to serve as a mnemonic device for the underlying science explained with illustration and “Big Kid Box” sidebars. The book concludes with a glossary, suggested activities, and a one-page eclipse science summary — features that will add particular value for parents and teachers learning along with their students or kids.

Printed books come with two pairs of eclipse glasses (placed in an envelope inside the front cover), and instructions on their use, that will allow readers to view the eclipse safely.