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        Eclipse Over America | Predicting Eclipses

        Learn about the evolution of eclipse predictions—from ancient Babylonians using a pattern of observations to Edmond Halley, who used mathematics—in this pair of videos from NOVA: Eclipse Over America. Use this resource to stimulate curiosity about the motions of the Sun, the Moon, and Earth and to provide opportunities for students to develop and use models of eclipses.

        Support materials include: Background Reading, Teaching Tips, and Discussion Questions. This resource was developed through WGBH’s Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms project, in collaboration with NASA.

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        Babylonians and the Saros Cycle

        Learn how ancient Babylonians were able to predict eclipses using a pattern deduced from prior observations, in this video from NOVA: Eclipse Over America.

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        How Halley Predicted the 1715 Eclipse

        Learn how Edmond Halley used mathematics to predict the time and path of the 1715 total solar eclipse, in this video from NOVA: Eclipse Over America.

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