What’s all the buzz about the solar eclipse on August 21?
According to the NASA space agency, a total solar eclipse has not happened in the continental U.S. since 1979, and this one is sure to be fantastic. Visit the NASA website for actual event locations. Many cities have experienced much higher hotel bookings as people travel to sites where the eclipse is likely to be most visible.
Local Viewing Celebration
The eclipse celebration at the Science Museum is Monday, August 21 from Noon – 4 pm.
Locally, the Science Museum of Virginia is watching it all happen with a historic celebration. Join them for a viewing party on the front lawn to celebrate the solar eclipse. The first 500 guests will receive FREE eclipse viewing glasses with Museum admission, and there will be:
- Sun and moon-themed activities outside and in the Dome theater
- A sweet eclipse party playlist playing outside
- Local food trucks Cheezilla, King of Pops, and Intergalactic Tacos offering food for purchase
- Tasty adult beverages available for purchase for the grown-ups
Every part of the US is likely to experience a peek at the eclipse in some way, although some may barely notice it at all. There is a FREE way to see it live though – without leaving your home. NASA will live stream the event for incredible images. You can plan your own personal Eclipse Viewing Party at home!
According to the NASA website:
For four hours surrounding the eclipse, NASA will host an Eclipse Megacast providing unique broadcast coverage across multiple phenomenon programming, and allow NASA to interact with the scientists and member of the public across the country as they watch and study the eclipse. The Megacast will be picked up by NASA TV as well as many other local and national TV stations. In all, hundreds of millions, worldwide, will be able to experience and learn about the eclipse through NASA programming.
Check for Eclipse Locations
The NASA Eclipse map shows the pathway of the event on August 21 and thousands of people across 14 states will enjoy quite a spectacle.
On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk. NASA created this website to provide a guide to this amazing event. Here you will find activities, events, broadcasts, and resources from NASA and our partners across the nation. Source: NASA website