Getting a Feel for Eclipses

Making the solar eclipse accessible to students who are blind or visually impaired through a braille book and tactile graphics

Getting a Feel for Eclipses is a braille book from NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute.  This tactile guide explains details surrounding the August 2017 total solar eclipse. The path of this eclipse will travel directly across the continental United States, from Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. The book includes tactile graphics that illustrate the interaction and alignment of the Sun with the Moon and the Earth. Associated activities will clarify the nature of eclipses.

Copies are available by contacting Dr. Cassandra Runyon, College of Charleston, Department of Geology & Environmental Geosciences, Charleston, South Carolina:

Tactile graphic from NASA Eclipse book


Please note that the only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun; they transmit thousands of times too much sunlight.  Learn more about how to view the eclipse safely.

View information about the eclipse in SpanishEclipses solares en español.


Resources to Learn More about the Eclipse