Celebrate the 2024 Solar Eclipse at Your Ballpark

Solar eclipses are a great way to bring space science to the ballpark through hands-on activities, demonstrations, and other interactive elements.

Parts of the United States will experience a total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, and partial solar eclipses will be visible across the entire contiguous United States and almost all of North America. We invite you to join us as we celebrate this celestial event!

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A map shows the 48 contiguous U.S. states with two dark bands running across it. One band, labeled "Annular Solar Eclipse," crosses states from Oregon to Texas. The other band, labeled "Total Solar Eclipse," crosses states from Texas to Maine.
This map shows where the Moon’s shadow will cross the U.S. during the 2023 annular solar eclipse and 2024 total solar eclipse.

2024 International Observe the Moon Night

An annual worldwide celebration of lunar science and exploration.

One day each year, everyone on Earth is invited to unite and observe and learn about the Moon and its connection to planetary science, and share personal and community connections we all have to the Moon. Save the date for the next event on September 14, 2024!

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Stylized illustration of silhouettes of people looking up at a graphic "Observe the Moon" in the night sky. The sky is faded with the title translated into different languages.

For additional upcoming events in the horizon check the Events page.

LRO Educational activities
LRO lunar educational activities

Lunar Activities

Collected here are a few educational activities related to eclipse science that particularly highlight the Moon, recommended by the LRO education team. You are welcome to appropriately modify the activities as needed to ensure they meet the needs of your audience as well as the space, time, and resources you have available.

Informal Educator Moon Resources

Visit NASA's official page of all things Moon!

LRO satellite illustrations, videos, and multimedia

The award winning children's book, "Max Goes to The Moon" (for planetariums and flat screens).

from NASA Space Science Data Coordinated Archive (NSSDC)

from NASA Space Science Data Coordinated Archive (NSSDC)

make a mini comic book about cosmic rays and CRaTER (Cosmic Ray Telescope for the Effects of Radiation)

These double sided informational lithographs and posters can be printed to support a variety of lunar studies.

Download a variety of moon posters from the Lunar and Planetary Institute

Take a look at where LRO is now with the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC).

LRO Datasets for Science On a Sphere

A global mosaic of the Moon captured by LRO's Wide Angle Camera.

High resolution global topography of the Moon from LRO's Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter.

A global mosaic of the surface roughness of the Moon, derived from data collected by LRO's Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter.

A global mosaic of slopes found on the surface of the Moon, derived from data collected by LRO's Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter.

A short, narrated Science On A Sphere show depicting the evolution of our Moon all the way from when it was a ball of magma orbiting the Earth, through today.

A short, narrated Science On a Sphere show touching on some of the essential scientific subjects that LRO scientists study.

A short animation showing sunlit and shadowed portions of the Moon over the course of a month.

Teacher Resources

Education and Outreach professionals from the LRO Mission developed these lessons, activities and resources. For grades 6-8

A teacher's guide with activities for Earth and Space Sciences. For grades 4-12

Phases of the Moon is at the top of the list of things that students seriously misunderstand. Most teachers run into problems in trying to explain the Moon's phases to youngsters, and evidence suggests that many have a very difficult time with the concepts. For grades 3 - 12

The Lunar Orbiter Photographic Atlas of the Moon by Bowker and Hughes (NASA SP-206) is considered the definitive reference manual to the global photographic coverage of the Moon. For grades 7-14

Eclipses have long been a source of mystery and spectacle. These events were viewed with fear and dread in the past and, even today, still thrill. For grades 3 - 12

In this activity guide, NASA and DESIGN SQUAD team up to inspire a new generation of engineers. The guide offers six hands-on challenges that bring engineering and NASA's moon missions to life for kids at events, and in school, and afterschool programs. For grades 3 - 12