For the first time in nearly a century, a total solar eclipse will cross the entire United States on August 21, 2017.
A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, and blocks the bright light of the Sun’s surface from view. The shadow of the Moon will fall in a small path on Earth’s surface, called the zone of totality. Learn more from the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) has an observer's guide to viewing the eclipse and other resources for parents and educators. Learn more from NSTA.
Tens of thousands of people are expected to be hiking, camping, and otherwise outdoors on Monday during the eclipse. In the United States nearly nine out of 10 wildfires are human-caused. Heavy crowds, dry conditions, parking over tall dry grass and other actions could present a real threat to our nation's wildlands. Read this Popular Science article on ways to avoid sparking a wildfire while viewing the eclipse.
Educators can also download Smokey Bear's wildfire prevention resources.
Planning a campfire? Don't move firewood because the wood can transport tree-killing insects and diseases. Buy it where you burn it! Learn more from the Wyoming State Forestry Division.
And remember to protect your eyes and view the solar eclipse only in a safe manner. Learn more about safe viewing options on Space.com.