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A Professional Program to Prepare for April 8, 2024

ASP Eclipse Stars



Funded by the National Science Foundation's Division of Astronomy, this project provided a new professional development program (ASP Eclipse Stars) for research astronomers and astronomy educators who planned to engage people of all ages in the Total Solar Eclipse on Monday, April 8, 2024. 

ASP offered two separate programs of support: one for K-12 science teachers and other science educators and another one for research astronomers (scientists, post docs, and graduate students). Participants in both programs received coaching by experts in astronomy education and public engagement as well as official certification as an ASP Eclipse Star!

For K-12 Science Teachers and other Science Educators

Are you located along or close to the path of totality, and interested in engaging learners in the April 2024 total solar eclipse?

Get professional development, a kit of astronomy teaching materials, a generous stipend, and other resources designed to engage your students in the April 2024 solar eclipse!

With funding from the National Science Foundation, the Astronomical Society Of The Pacific announces a professional development program (ASP Eclipse Stars) for classroom teachers and other educators located along the path of totality. You will learn about solar eclipses and discover learning activities designed so you and your students will better understand what causes this awesome celestial event and how to view totality safely.   

For Scientists, post docs, and graduate students

Are you located along or close to the path of totality and interested in engaging the public for the April 2024 total solar eclipse?

Professional development for scientists includes a 3-hour online interactive workshop, a FREE kit of hands-on activities and materials, and access to the ASP's extensive collection of education resources. The program will focus on providing scientists with tactics to improve their public science communication and engagement skills. This program is especially designed for scientists who plan to awe, engage, and inspire public audiences located within or near the path of totality.



Additional Resources

  • The ASP has created a resource page to give you as much information, materials, links to resources, and support for your events, personal viewing adventures, or your teaching opportunities to be accurate, safe, and fun!

  • We're prepared for the upcoming solar eclipses with the popular Sunspotter scope, Lunt SUNoculars, updated exclusive ASP Yardstick kits and the ability to special order quantities in time for both events. All proceeds support the education programs of the ASP.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Award No. AST 2317972. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.