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CAP's 2024 NASA GLOBE Solar Eclipse Project

NASA Solar Eclipse Project Brings Special Science Opportunities 

On April 8, 2024, a solar eclipse will cross North America. To make the most of this rare astronomical event, the Civil Air Patrol has partnered with NASA’s GLOBE Eclipse Project to give youth the opportunity to become Solar Eclipse Citizen Scientists, even outside the path of totality.

NASA is sponsoring the GLOBE Program, which includes a dynamic GLOBE Observer appGLOBE Eclipse is a temporary tool in the GLOBE Observer app that will help with documentation of air temperature and clouds during an eclipse. 

GLOBE Observer is "an international network of citizen scientists and scientists working together to learn more about our shared environment and changing climate." 

Information for formal and informal educators

All classroom, community, and homeschool educators anywhere in the United States can register as a CAP Solar Eclipse Classroom and choose to implement one of three classroom missions: Astronomy, Biology, and Weather. Interested educators can register their educational group for the project here.  Citizen science data collected by educators participating in any of these missions will be submitted to NASA’s GLOBE Eclipse. Detailed guidance and educational resources for each mission are linked below. 

If you are not already a CAP educator member, check out this program, which involves free K-12 STEM products and programs to enhance any educational environment!

If you have youth, ages 12 and above who may be interested in becoming a CAP cadet, check out CAP's Cadet program. 

 

Solar Eclipse Resources for Educators

Cocer of the Solar Eclipse Astronomy booklet Solar Eclipse Biology Text

Astronomy

(3rd to 7th Graders)

Biology

(3rd to 7th Graders)

Weather

(3rd to 7th Graders)

Participating classrooms will focus on making observations about how the light and energy reaching the Earth change over the course of a solar eclipse. Students will make sketches of the Sun/Moon at different points of the eclipse, make observations about how light/shadows behave when they are in the Moon’s Penumbra, and track changes in the amount of energy reaching the Earth by measuring changes in air temperature.

Participating classrooms will focus on making observations about how living things change their behavior during the Solar Eclipse. Students  will make direct observations about how plants and animals react to the changes in light and temperature that happen during the length of a solar eclipse.

Participating classrooms will focus on making observations about how changes in the amount of solar energy affect the weather. Students who participate in this mission will track changes in air temperature, cloud cover/type, and wind speed/direction.

 

Information for Civil Air Patrol Units

In addition, Civil Air Patrol units also have a separate Solar Eclipse Mission that is specially designed to be implemented by teams of 5 to 10 CAP cadets. CAP units can register to participate in this mission here. Civil Air Patrol members will have the unique opportunity to collaborate with over 250 squadrons nationwide to create a data set that stretches across 7 time zones. During the 4 hours of this data collection mission, teams of 5 to 10 CAP members will use their skills to collect data about the effects of Solar Eclipse on weather (air temperature, cloud cover/type, wind speed/direction, and precipitation) and track the impact of Solar Eclipses on VHF Radio Operations.

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