Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Solar Eclipse Simulation in Google Earth

Next week on July 22 there will be a solar eclipse will be visible in most of eastern Asia and the pacific. Hey What's That produces a variety of visualization tools using the Google Earth platform. In advance of next week's solar eclipse, Hey What's That has created a simulation of the path of the moon in relation to the sun. You can view the simulation using the Google Earth browser plug-in. You can view the simulation from different perspectives simply by selecting a different location on the Earth's surface.

Thanks to the Google Earth Blog for the tip.

Applications for Education
This visualization is a great way to show students how the orbits of the Earth and Moon act to create this brief eclipse. You can show students how one part of the world sees the eclipse compared to the view from another part of the world.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:

Exploring Africa in Google Earth
Virtual Submarine Tours in Google Earth
Five Resources for Teaching About Earthquakes