In one year, Nashville will experience a total solar eclipse. Something that has not happened since July 29, 1478. Of course, leading the charge and preparing us for the spectacular occasion is the Adventure Science Center. On August 20, from 10am-3pm, they will have a ton of special activities, and special presentations families and children will love to experience (see below). Join the fun and let the countdown begin!
For more information head to: adventuresci.org.
- Safe vs. Unsafe Viewing
Do you know how to safely look at an eclipse? Take a look at some potential safety gear and see if you can determine which are safe and which are not!
- I’ve Been Everywhere, Man
How close do YOU live to the path of totality? Add a pin to our map and scope out some good viewing locations!
- Human Sundial
Before clocks were created, humans used the sun and shadows to determine the time. Take a step into the middle of our sundial and see if you can figure out what time it is.
- Plunger Sundial
As you come in to join the fun, draw a line along the shadow of one of our plungers and sign your name. Before you leave, draw another line to see how much your shadow has moved! (Don’t worry, the plungers are clean!)
- Sunspotter (11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
Using a device called a “sunspotter,” you can take a look at the sun without fear of eye damage. What can you see when you take a look?
- Skies Over Nashville – 12:30 & 2:30 p.m. (tickets required)
The 2017 total solar eclipse will be the most notable astronomical event we’ll likely ever see in the skies over Nashville! Don’t miss this special edition of our long-running live show, where you can preview the eclipse from Nashville… and space!
- Eclipse 101 – 12, 1:30 & 3 p.m.
Come learn everything you need to know to enjoy the upcoming eclipse! Enjoy a live demonstration of why and when eclipses happen and what makes this one such a special event, but not the end of the world. The goal is to for YOU to safely observe this once in a lifetime astronomical event. We’ll have samples of what you CAN observe the Sun with and advice on what to never do. Learn how to photograph the Sun safely and get that amazing selfie. Bring your eclipse questions as we kickoff the countdown to Eclipse 2017.