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Countdown to the Solar Eclipse

 

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The Great Solar Eclipse Celebration

August 19 – 21

Day will turn into night as the United States is in the path of a total solar eclipse. This rare celestial event is cause for celebration, so visit Imagination Station to learn about this solar phenomenon and participate in fun hands-on activities that will get you ready for Monday's sun-tacular solar event.

When you visit Imagination Station, ask for your FREE solar eclipse glasses. We're giving them away to each of our visitors. But be sure to visit early – quantities are limited! 


Saturday, 10am – 5pm

Sunday, Noon – 5pm

Join us for a pre-eclipse celebration and enjoy the following activities. Then don't forget to watch the eclipse with us on Monday, August 21! 

  • Create your own solar eclipse viewer

  • Discover the science behind eclipses when you become a moving solar system

  • Explore STARLAB, our inflatable planetarium, and ask your most pressing astronomy questions

  • Enjoy NASA videos and a live feed all about the eclipse 

  • Let our partners show you different instruments they use to study the sky

August 21 - The Great Solar Eclipse Celebration 

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Monday, 10am – 5pm

Join us and our partners to watch the solar eclipse at the science center. Enjoy music, food trucks, activities and more, and see for yourself this rare celestial event. Check out the activity schedule below.

 10am – 5pm   Join us for solar and space activities in the science center 
 Noon – 1pm   13abc begins live broadcast from the science center
 Noon – 12:45pm   Sun Salutation Yoga with Jenn in Festival Park
 Noon – 3pm   Food trucks in Festival Park
 Noon – 3:30pm   Enjoy activities from our partners to prepare for the solar eclipse in Festival Park
 1:02pm   Solar eclipse begins
 2 – 3pm   13abc begins live broadcast of the solar eclipse from the science center
 2:27pm   Peak of the solar eclipse
 3:48pm   Solar eclipse ends
 

All activities located in Festival Park are FREE to the public. Admission is still required for activities in the science center.

Imagination Station activities in Festival Park

  • Create your own solar viewer

  • Blend up a tasty solar smoothie

  • Make giant bubbles

  • Learn about air density with solar bags

  • Discover the science behind solar cookers

  • See the effects of sunscreen and UV rays using special beads 

Imagination Station activities in the science center

  • Explore STARLAB, our inflatable planetarium, and ask your most pressing astronomy questions

  • Enjoy a special Science Story Time about the eclipse

  • Tinker with balancing toys and tops in the Tinkering Space

  • Enjoy NASA videos and a live feed all about the eclipse 

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As crazy-cool as it might seem to sit and stare at the sun with your bare eyeballs, it’s mostly crazy. Never directly view the sun through anything but a certified solar viewer or solar telescope.

Viewing the sun through binoculars, normal telescopes or bare eyes can lead to significant or permanent damage to your eyes.

For more information on how and why to protect your eyes during a solar eclipse, check out our safety tips.