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Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

August 21 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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The Museum is SOLD OUT of Eclipse Glasses

Rain Day Event

In case of rain or cloudy skies, we will still have three viewing areas where you can watch the live feed of the total eclipse for FREE from 10 am - 2:45 pm:

  • The Planetarium
  • Outside on the Museum Plaza (under the roof)
  • The Planetarium Auditorium (overflow)

There will be a special showing of Live With the Stars at 3 & 4 pm in the Planetarium (regular admission rates apply).


Get ready for this summer’s solar eclipse! At the Museum, the sun will be 70% eclipsed – join us as we view the event LIVE with safe solar telescopes and make your own pinhole projector (while supplies last). We’ll also have a live feed from the central eclipse path, showing the awe-inspiring total solar eclipse.

Go even deeper into the science of eclipses and how to best see the eclipse in August with our brand new Planetarium show, Chasing the Shadow: This Summer's Solar Eclipse, opening July 1.

WARNING: NEVER STARE DIRECTLY INTO THE SUN.

To safely view the eclipse, use one of the following methods:

  • Eclipse Glasses – An affordable method to see the sun any time of the year. The Museum has brought in approved Eclipse Glasses which are available from the Museum Shop on the main level during regular hours.  Glasses are $3.00 each (+ tax) while supplies last.  These are NOT designed to be used with telescopes or binoculars.
  • Pinhole Projector – Use ancient technology to safely project an image of the sun! NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has a simple set of instructions to follow.  https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/learn/project/how-to-make-a-pinhole-camera
  • Welder’s Mask – A welding mask with lens rating of 14 is safe for viewing the eclipse. Do not use a welder’s mask if the lens is damaged, scratched, or if the shade rating is unknown.
  • Solar Filters –If you already own a telescope, a solar filter can be added to your telescope to make it eclipse ready. See you telescope’s manufacturer to find an appropriate filter for your telescope.
  • Online – If the skies are cloudy, or to catch a glimpse of the total solar eclipse further south, live feeds will be available from a number of sources online.

For more safety tips to view the eclipse safely, click here.

To verify that your eclipse glasses are manufactured by an approved company, click here.

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