Tuesday-Saturday (9-5)
Sunday (1-5)
Adults $10
Children (3-12) $8

Solar Eclipse Watch Party

Solar Eclipse Watch Party Info!

During a solar eclipse, the moon passes between the Earth and Sun and either partially or fully blocks the sun. During a total eclipse, the moon is the correct distance from the Earth to fully obscure the Sun’s disk. Total solar eclipses occur fairly often, as a matter of fact, there are 7 that are going to occur in the next decade; Aug 21st, 2017, Jul 2nd, 2019, Dec 14th, 2020, Dec 4th, 2021, Apr 20th, 2023, Apr 8th, 2024, and Aug 12th 2026. But only the Aug 21st, 2017 and Apr 8th, 2024 eclipses will be visible from North America, specifically the contiguous United States.

August 21st, 2017

• In Hot Springs, AR, we will not be in the path of totality. Here, the moon will obscure 86% of the sun. The peak of totality will occur at about 1:15 pm.

• This will be the first total solar eclipse visible by everyone in the continental United States since 1918.

• Mid-America Science Museum will offer free admission from 12 pm – 2 pm for our Solar Eclipse Watch party. We will have educational activities and information available to the public. We will offer 200 pairs of eclipse glasses on a first come, first serve basis; we will also be making pin-hole viewfinders in the Alliance Rubber Tinkering Studio.

• We will offer free viewings of a solar eclipse educational program in the Oaklawn Foundation digital dome at 2 pm and 4 pm.

• We will be grilling hamburgers from 11:30 to 2:30. Burgers, chips, drink and moon pies available while supplies last for $6.50.

“This celestial event is a solar eclipse in which the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or part of the sun for up to about three hours, from beginning to end, as viewed from a given location. For this eclipse, the longest period when the moon completely blocks the sun from any given location along the path will be about two minutes and 40 seconds. The last time the contiguous U.S. saw a total eclipse was in 1979.” https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-who-what-where-when-and-how

Recommended links:

www.space.com – Skywatching




Become a Citizen Scientist:

NASA’s GLOBE Observer program is interested in what you have to say. They are asking for citizens to collect and record data during the eclipse to see how the eclipse changes atmospheric conditions. This information is added to a database that is utilized by students and scientists to study these effects. For more information go to observer.globe.gov/science-connections/eclipse2017