Eclipse Teaching Resources:
Across the Curriculum–
George Washington & the Solar Eclipse-
- King Solomon’s Mines, by Henry Rider Haggard (1885).Note: It was a lunar eclipse in this novel
- A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, by Mark Twain (1889), protagonist predicts solar eclipse in 528 CE.
- Pharaoh, by Bolesław Prus (1895), historical novel with culminating solar eclipse in ca. 1085 BCE (at the fall of Egypt’s New Kingdom and 20th Dynasty), predicted by priest Menes.
- The Secret Mountain, by Enid Blyton, a group of children and their guardian, captives of a sun-worshipping African tribe, escape by threatening to kill the sun, having prior knowledge of an imminent solar eclipse.
- Voyage: a novel of 1896, by Sterling Hayden (1976), depicts a solar eclipse of the titular year, viewed from the South Pacific.
- Nightfall, by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg (1990 novel based on Asimov’s 1941 short story of the same name).
- El Eclipse, by Augusto Monterroso (short story).
- Gerald’s Game and Dolores Claiborne, by Stephen King (both 1992), feature and are connected through the total eclipse of 1963.
- Illegal Alien, by Robert J. Sawyer (1997). Aliens visit Earth and observe a total solar eclipse. Their scientist host speculates that Earth may be the only planet in the entire universe whose moon covers its sun perfectly (with only transits or occultations occurring on other planets). Although it is not explicitly stated in the novel, Sawyer has noted that the eclipse was the historical eclipse of August 11, 1999, which allows the reader to ascertain the time the novel takes place.
- Eclipse of the Sun, by Phil Whitaker (1997), set in India has at its centre a dramatic attempt to organize a public viewing of the Solar eclipse of October 24, 1995.
- Solar Eclipse, by John Farris (1999).
- Sunwing, by Kenneth Oppel (1999).
- The Eclipse of the Century, by Jan Mark (1999).
- Pitch Black: Fight Evil with Evil, by Frank Lauria and David Twohy (ca. 2000).
- Eclipse (2000) and Shroud (2002), by John Banville, interlinked novels set against the backdrop of a solar eclipse.
- Eclipse, by Erin Hunter (2008). Part of the Warriors series, the solar eclipse occurs during the battle between all the Clans, foretold by a strange cat by the name of “Sol”.
- Midnight Never Come, by Marie Brennan (2008).
- The Strain, by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan (2009).
- Every Soul A Star (2008) by Wendy Mass
- A Memory of Light (2013) by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
- Jade Dragon Mountain (2015) by Elsa Hart, historical mystery centered around a solar eclipse in early Qing Dynasty China.
- The Eclipse, by Willer de Oliveira (short story).
Annie Dillard’s Classic Essay: ‘Total Eclipse’:
From Terry George
The Great American Solar Eclipse- Partial Eclipse in WV
The Great American Solar Eclipse will be a total eclipse for some during its coast to coast path across the United States on Monday, August 21, 2017. In West Virginia, about 90% of the sun will be covered- a greater percentage will be covered in the southern parts of the state, less in the northern parts. The eclipse will begin in Huntington at about 1:01 p.pm, but will not begin in the eastern panhandle until about 1:10 p.m. Visit the Time and Date website and type the name of your town or a town near you to get more specific information about when the eclipse will occur in your area. The site also includes an animation of what to expect and when to expect the various phases of the eclipse. Additionally, WVU has compiled a list of resources on a website to assist educators in preparing for and teaching about eclipses, see The Great American Solar Eclipse.
IMPORTANT SAFETY MESSAGE- The human eye is very sensitive, and exposure to direct sunlight can damage the eye. Never are we more tempted to look directly at the sun than during a solar eclipse. Students should be cautioned about looking directly at the sun; fortunately, there are several options for viewing a solar eclipse safely. Visit the NASA How to View the 2017 Solar Eclipse Safely site for details. Links to safety videos are also included on the WVU Great American Solar Eclipse web site as well