Project idea: Solar Eclipse Visualization

Platform: 3D Modeling with Blender

System Requirements: Windows or Mac laptop. See mentor for a USB thumb drive with Blender installation program.

Goal: Create a 3D visualization of the solar eclipse using Blender.


Add a light source on the right hand side of the screen to represent the shining sun. Add a sphere representing the earth on the left hand side. Add a sphere representing the moon in the middle. Animate the mood slowly between the sun and the earth to demonstrate the moon casting a shadow on the earth.

Extra credit:

  • Figure out how to put a sphere around the sun’s light source. The sphere should allow the light source to pass through.
  • Map a texture on the earth sphere or paint the sphere to make it look more like the earth.
  • See if you can somehow make the scale of the visualization accurate.