Solar Eclipse Day

The first total solar eclipse to cross the continental United States in 38 years will be an astronomical event that can’t be missed!

The Montshire will have a limited supply of solar viewing glasses available for visitors to share while viewing the eclipse. Solar viewing glasses will not be available for sale.

Solar eclipse viewing will be weather dependent. Other related activities will occur rain or shine. Participating in activities is free with admission. 

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Join space enthusiasts and astronomy educators at the Montshire Museum of Science for a day of viewing and learning about this astronomical occurrence. In addition to viewing the eclipse with a refracting telescope, visitors will find out more about the sun, Earth, and the moon through hands-on lessons and demonstrations. 

Coinciding with the eclipse is the unveiling of our updated Planet Walk, a scale model of the solar system. Refreshed with brand new features, this unique outdoor trail will now display objects in the Asteroid Belt (between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter), as well as the Kuiper Belt, which includes dwarf planet Pluto. Each exhibit has been updated with new imagery and information. 

Solar Eclipse Day will include:
Astronomical Scavenger Hunt – Explore the Museum’s indoor and outdoor exhibits to complete the scavenger hunt. Exhibits include sun dials, the Granite Globe, and the Planet Walk. 

Pinhole Projection – One of the best ways to see the eclipse is by projecting its image onto a flat surface through a pinhole. With this technique, create a beautiful and unique image of the sun that can then be captured in a photograph.

“The Hows and Whys of a Solar Eclipse” – Learn about the science behind the solar eclipse through brief interactive lessons. Lessons are scheduled for 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm. 

Planet Walk – Travel from the sun to the edge of the solar system on this newly updated one-mile trail. Journey through the solar system by visiting eleven stations with scale models, each at a distance that represents their place in our solar system.