On August 21 a partial solar eclipse will be visible from Providence RI. The Museum of Natural History is hosting a celebration with family fun eclipse activities. The partial solar eclipse maximum occurs at 2:47pm on Mon., Aug. 21. The museum is distributing solar eclipse viewing glasses with the purchase of museum general admission on August 21.
Reserved common area outside for safe viewing of the partial solar eclipse
Total Solar Eclipse NASA TV MegaCast: Exclusive path of totality coverage
Solar Eclipse viewing glasses provided by NASA RI Space Grant Consortium
Special eclipse education activities
Special Planetarium Show at 1pm (there is no 2pm planetarium show on August 21)
What is a Solar Eclipse?
A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, causing the Moon to temporarily cast its shadow on Earth. Solar eclipses happen about twice a year and total eclipses are only visible to those located in the path of the Moon’s shadow as it crosses the Earth. A total solar eclipse has not been visible from the United States since 1979, which has some astronomy fans referring to this event as the “Great American Eclipse.”
What are admission fees?
Museum admission is $2 per person. Children under age 4 are free.
Planetarium admission (includes museum admission) is $3 per person. Children under age 4 are not permitted in the planetarium.
Special Partial Eclipse programming is free with museum/planetarium admission.