Solar Science Celebration: 2017 Eclipse

Monday, August 21, 2017

Celebrate the 2017 solar eclipse EcoTarium-style! From themed Science Discovery programs and planetarium demonstrations to opportunities to safely view the partial eclipse (weather dependent), we’ll make learning about the science of eclipses interactive and fun. And, don’t miss our Peak Partial Eclipse Party during the half hour when the sun is most obscured by the moon!

A solar eclipse occurs when the passage of the moon between the sun and the earth totally or partially obscures the sun. On Monday, August 21, Worcester will experience a partial solar eclipse, but a diagonal pathway across the country will experience a total solar eclipse, resulting in up to 2 minutes of “daytime darkness.” It will be the first total solar eclipse in the continental U.S. in 38 years, and people from all over the world are expected to journey to the path of “totality” to view the event. Though Worcester won’t experience “daytime darkness,” the sun will be roughly 64% obscured by the moon and take on a crescent shape.

Join us as we open the EcoTarium from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. for this special event!

Included Programs and Activities:

  • Telescope Viewing (weather dependent)
  • Peak Partial Eclipse Party
  • Themed Science Discovery programs
  • Planetarium Demonstrations led by museum educators


Tickets to this event are limited! Order tickets in advance online, at the Tickets and Information Desk during your visit, or call 508.929.2703 to reserve your spot!

Online ticket pricing (May 1 – August 20):
$13 each/$5 for EcoTarium members

Day-of pricing* (pay at gate on August 21):
$18 each/$5 for EcoTarium members
*limited tickets available, may sell out

No coupons, passes, or discounts may be applied for the Solar Science Celebration event and there are no refunds. 

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