Solar Science

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The Solar Science Kits were created by STARNet and distributed to libraries in anticipation of the Solar Eclipses of 2023 and 2024 (view the guide for public libraries).

“The STAR Library Network (STAR Net) is a hands-on learning network for libraries and their communities across the country. STAR Net focuses on helping library professionals build their STEM skills by providing “science-technology activities and resources” (STAR) and training to use those resources.”

STARNet has kindly provided the Colorado State Library with copies of their Solar Science Kits (two copies of two kits). The Multi-generational Programming Kits include a Coronado Personal Solar Telescope and mount, sunoculars, and accompanying literature.

The Younger Audience Kits include activities, sunoculars, accompanying literature and a Sunspotter: also known as “The Safer Solar Telescope.” According to Starlab, “This wooden, folded-path Keplerian telescope provides a much safer and convenient way to view the brilliant light of the sun than other more common methods. By using a series of mirrors, the device projects a bright 3.25-inch solar image onto a 5-inch white viewing screen through a powerful 62mm diameter objective lens.”

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See the main SOLAR ECLIPSE ACTIVITIES FOR LIBRARIES page and view/print individual activities below.

English Language Activities

Spanish Language Activities

How To Webinars

Free Online Videos


Toolkits and Other Resources

Equipment Manuals