Eclipse Library Resources

Eclipse Library Resources

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GLOBE Eclipse is a temporary tool in the GLOBE Observer app that is only opened when a solar eclipse is happening somewhere in the world. The Eclipse tool will prompt you to take air temperature measurements, as well as observations of sky conditions using the Clouds tool. This collection of activities and resources are useful for creating library programs related to a solar eclipse. Find more eclipse resources at:

Taking GLOBE Eclipse observations requires the GLOBE Observer app on a smart device, and an optional thermometer. Note that there are many kinds of thermometers that can also be used to take GLOBE Eclipse air temperature observations, from a simple liquid-filled thermometer to more complex digital models - see more about different types in the FAQs to GLOBE Eclipse Taking Observations.

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Two for One: GLOBE Eclipse and Eclipse Soundscapes (December 6, 2023)

Discussion with scientists Marilé Colón Robles, NASA Langley Research Center, and Trae Winter, ARISA Lab, who talked about why they are excited about library sites that will take observations of both atmospheric conditions (GLOBE Observer) and animal behavior (Eclipse Soundscapes) during the April 8 total solar eclipse. Learn why these co-located observations will make a unique contribution to science. Included a discussion of strategies for program planning related to common challenges (weather and logistics of large public events, engaging citizen scientists).

Webinar Recording (YouTube)

Webinar Presentation Slides (Google Slides)

Webinar Chat Transcript (txt)


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Printables and Promotional Materials

Use these materials to promote your program and give participants something to bring home.

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GLOBE Eclipse Pinhole Postcard

Dual-language (English and Spanish) postcard about observing the eclipse with GLOBE Observer, with a space in the middle that can be punched out to use as a pinhole projector. The text reads: "Energy from the Sun warms our planet, and changes in temperature lead to the formation of clouds and wind. What happens when the Sun is blocked by the Moon? Download the GLOBE Observer app to share your observations during the eclipse. Never look directly at the Sun! To use the card to view the eclipse indirectly, stand with your back to the Sun and look at the card's shadow. The shape of the hole in the shadow will mirror the shape of the eclipsed Sun.

Sky Window

Cut out the rectangle in the middle of the Sky Window and use the information on the frame to help describe sky conditions and identify clouds.

Versión en español, Ventana del Cielo

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Find eclipse-related activities to integrate into library programs for all ages.

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Elementary GLOBE: Clouds Module - Do You Know that Clouds Have Names?

In this science storybook, children learn the names of the different cloud types, discover at what height each cloud type floats in the sky, and the type of weather associated with each cloud. The module includes notes for the educator or parent, and hands-on STEAM activities. The books are available in multiple languages and as free downloadable PDFs, eBooks with narration (for computers and tablets), or print on demand paperback books.

Elementary GLOBE Clouds Module Webpage

Cloud Cover Estimation

Create a cloud collage and ask your friends to guess the percentage of cloud cover. Expand or adapt this activity by printing photos of the sky and asking participants to identify the cloud coverage.

Cloud Cover Estimation Activity

See a video demonstration of Cloud Cover Estimation as a family activity (YouTube)

En Español: Estimación de la cobertura de nubes (PDF)

Do the Clouds Dance

Did you know that clouds get their names from their shape, how high they are in the sky, and if they produce precipitation? Follow along with NASA scientist Marilé Colón Robles and her two daughters as they do the cloud dance and other activities in this YouTube video.

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Solar Eclipse Journal

Use this journal page to record what you see during the solar eclipse, both how much of the Sun is covered by the Moon at different times, as well as observations of the environment around you (animal behavior, weather, etc.) during different periods of the eclipse. NOTE: It is never safe to look directly at the Sun without eye protection. The only safe way to look at the Sun is through special-purpose solar filters such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers.

PDF File - English

Fichier PDF - français

Archivo PDF - Español

NASA GLOBE Clouds Family Guide

Observing clouds is a fun family activity. It also helps build children's curiosity in science and the natural world around them. This collection includes hands-on activities that work well with multi-generations, and science videos to meet different NASA scientists and learn how to look at clouds from a different perspective.

Clouds Family Guide Webpage (Spanish)

Clouds Family Guide Webpage (English)

Eclipse WorldCat Books - Libraries



Use WorldCat to search libraries near you, read reviews, and find editions in different languages. Thanks to the following libraries for their recommendations of books to include: Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library, IL; LsSalle Public Library, IL; Macedon Public Library, NY; and Richmond Memorial Library, NY.

Books for Kids: Eclipse books, Clouds books

Books for Teens and Adults: Eclipse books, Clouds books




Solar Eclipses of 2023 and 2024: A Guide for Public Libraries and Their Communities

This guide by the STAR Library Network presents background information on eclipses, safe viewing, ideas for eclipse events, finding partners, and additional resources.

English Language PDF

Spanish Language PDF



Frequently Asked Questions - Eclipse Library Programs


For answers to questions commonly asked by librarians planning for eclipse programs, please see this FAQs Google Doc. If you have an overall app question, not specific to libraries, try the general FAQ page.