Solar Science Celebration: 2017 Eclipse

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Celebrate the 2017 solar eclipse EcoTarium-style! From "Solar 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. While you are here, grab a snack, meet Star Wars characters from the 501st New England Garrison, and join us for 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. Meanwhile, 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 on American soil since 1991, the first on the mainland since 1979, and the first to sweep across the entire country since 1918! 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 for a local opportunity to celebrate this exciting national event!

Included Programs and Activities:

  • Telescope Viewing (weather dependent)
  • Peak Partial Eclipse Party
  • Solar Science Discovery programs
  • Planetarium Demonstrations led by museum educators
  • Total Eclipse Imagery from across the country
  • Food Trucks: Say Cheese! and WooBerry
  • Stormtroopers and Jedi are landing at the EcoTarium for our Solar Eclipse Celebration! Come dressed as your favorite character and meet members of the 501st New England Garrison!

A full schedule of the day’s programs and activities will be posted on this website closer to the date of the event. Check back for more details in August!

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Ticket Information: 

The EcoTarium is typically closed on Mondays but we are opening the museum from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. for this special event! Museum admission is included in ticket prices. 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. 

Safety First: It is important to wear safe, certified eye protection when viewing the eclipse. For this reason, we will distribute eclipse glasses that are safe for direct solar viewing to all individuals at our event. (All glasses will meet ISO certification standards for eclipse glasses.)

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