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Eclipse Training

The following documents are courtesy Rice Space Institute and may be freely copied for noncommercial educational use.

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Earn Professional Development Hours

  • 1.5 hours
    After viewing the Eclipse Training Video below, send an email to Prof Patricia Reiff reiff@rice.edu and include four things you learned from the video to receive a certificate for 1.5 hours.
    attend one of our in-person teacher trainings at Rice, CAST or NSTA. (note - the powerpoint below HAS been updated for 2023/2024)
  • 4 hours
    Download and complete the Eclipse Math homework AND watch the training video. Email summary to Prof Patricia Reiff reiff@rice.edu to receive a certificate for 4 hours.
  • 45 credit hours
    Take our "Teaching Earth and Space Science Course (ASTR 502)".(Next offered fall 2023).Teachers can audit for PD hours or take for full 3 hours academic credit. Contact Dr. Reiff for details. Meets Monday evenings 6-9 pm; can be done remotely via Zoom.

Eclipse Training Video

Solar Eclipse 101 [54:22]
Eclipse Training for Teacher Professional Development
by Prof Patricia Reiff, Rice University

Eclipse Training Resources


  • Eclipses - main Eclipse page at space.rice.edu
  • Eclipse Animations visualization page to view and download eclipse animations seen in the Solar Eclipse 101 training resources