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Experience the Eclipse 2017

August 21, 2017

TIME: 10:00AM - 5:00PM


LOCATIONS: Science City, Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium and Haverty Family Yards


PRICE: FREE with Science City Admission


Join us as we experience this once in a lifetime event!

Join us Monday, August 21st as we Experience the Eclipse of 2017! Spend an entire day at Science City’s Solar Eclipse Watch Party with interactive, hands-on themed programming in Science City, the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium and our newest space, Haverty Yard. Activities Include:

  • Entry into Science City includes free admission to the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium all day
  • New, Eclipse Themed Planetarium Shows
  • Eclipse(d) Themed Science on a Sphere Shows
  • Maker Studio Solar Eclipse Programming
  • Solar Telescope and projection viewings from the new Haverty Family Yards
  • Free Solar Glasses Giveaways On a First-Come First-Served Basis
  • Special Guest, Chief Meteorologist Mike Thompson from Fox 4

IMPORTANT:  Union Station and Science City are NOT in the path of totality.  There will NOT be a safe time to view the sun without eclipse glasses while at Union Station.  Please ONLY view the sun WITH eclipse glasses.

Solar Eclipse Schedule*

*schedule subject to change. 

  • 10AM Small Moon, Big Earth (Demo Area)
  • 11AM The Great American Eclipse Show (Science on a Sphere)
  • 11AM Painting an Eclipse with the Sun (Simple Machine at Play)
  • 12PM Alternate Solar Viewing (Simple Machines at Play)
  • 12PM The Great American Eclipse Show (Science on a Sphere)
  • 2PM The Great American Eclipse Show (Science on a Sphere)
  • 2PM Painting an Eclipse with the Sun (Simple Machine at Play)

Maker Studio – 10AM - 12PM, 2PM - 4PM

Make Pinhole Viewers
Decorate Your Viewing Glasses
Make Orbiting Models

Planetarium Schedule

Solar Eclipse Presentation every half hour between 10AM - 12PM, 1:30 - 4PM.
The Planetarium will be closed from 12:30PM to 1:30PM to Experience the Eclipse.

Outdoor Stage Schedule*

  • 10AM Eclipse Activities
  • 10:30AM Science Stage Show
  • 11AM Weather Talk & Eclipse Prep with Fox 4’s Mike Thompson
  • 11:30AM Science Activities
  • 12PM Science Stage Show
  • 12:30PM Weather Talk & Eclipse Prep with Fox 4’s Mike Thompson
  • 1PM Countdown to the Eclipse
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