For the first time in nearly 40 years, people across the United States will get the chance to witness a total solar eclipse. “The Great American Eclipse,” as it’s dubbed, will occur Monday, August 21, 2017. Powerhouse Science Center is thrilled to be celebrating this rare celestial event with activities, special demonstrations, and opportunities for learning in the weeks leading up to the eclipse – culminating with a special solar eclipse viewing party on August 21.

Discover the wonder of eclipses at Powerhouse! Dates to save:

Let Powerhouse be your source for eclipse education and celebration! Each weekend leading up to the solar eclipse of 2017, we’ll have special, eclipse-themed planetarium shows, fun activities for the whole family, and demonstrations of safe eclipse viewing ideas. Then, join us on August 21, 2017 here at Powerhouse as we geek out about this amazing occurrence -- as it happens!

Saturday, August 5 – Sunday, August 6 make your own eclipse glasses | 11 AM - 3 PM

Saturday, August 12 – Sunday, August, 13 various eclipse activities | 11 AM - 3 PM

Saturday, August 19 **Special** U.S. Postal Service eclipse stamp dedication ceremony on Powerhouse Science Center Grounds! (This event is FREE to the public) | NOON

Saturday, August 19 – Sunday, August 20 various eclipse activities | 11 AM - 3 PM

Monday, August 21

  • Solar Eclipse Celebration on Powerhouse grounds with our friends from Sacramento Valley Astronomical Society (SVAS) (This event is FREE to the public) | 9 AM
  • Eclipse-themed planetarium shows with paid admission | starting at 11 AM

    (**Note: all eclipse activities are included with paid admission unless otherwise specified**)

What happens during an eclipse?

There are three main players in an eclipse: the Sun, the Moon, and Earth.

During a total solar eclipse, the Moon and Sun are in just the right position so that the Moon completely blocks the Sun and causes a shadow to fall on Earth.

The resulting shadow or “path of totality” during the August 21 solar eclipse will move steadily across a narrow portion of the contiguous United States throughout the day.

Folks visiting or living in the path of that shadow will get to experience the fascinating phenomenon of totality. The areas outside that path of totality will still experience the solar eclipse, but only a partial solar eclipse will be visible. The Sacramento area lies near the ~79% range of totality. So we will experience a partial solar eclipse, but we still anticipate a thrilling show!

CLICK HERE for additional eclipse information from NASA’s Total Eclipse 2017 website. 

Stay connected with Powerhouse Science Center for exciting Solar Eclipse 2017 updates!

Join our e-newsletter mailing list HERE

Follow us on social media:

@powerhousesciencecenter    powerhousesciencecenter    @powerhousesac