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Getting a Feel for Eclipses

Cover of Getting a Feel for Eclipses

Getting a Feel for Eclipses is a new 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



Posted by Hillary Kleck

Eclipse book

Posted by Roxanne Hug

Posted on August 5, 2017
Updated on: February 8, 2018

Previous comments for Getting a Feel for Eclipses

Charlotte Cushman commented on August 14, 2017
Roxanne Hug commented on August 14, 2017

My daughter would LOVE this. She is very interested in science and wants to be a scientist or astronaut some day. I can't wait for her to read it. We are preparing to help her experience the eclipse in any way that she can! Thanks so much!

Charlotte Cushman commented on August 9, 2017

We're so glad this is helpful, Hillary!  We'll be interested to hear about Madilyn's experience with the eclipse and any special activities you do.

Hillary Kleck commented on August 9, 2017

Thanks so much for posting this! I have been trying to figure out how to get one/ who to contact.

Looking forward to Madilyn reading it! Yay!!