Heritage Family Days

Your Eclipse

July 8, 2017 | 10am - 3pm

National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC


Late this summer, a solar eclipse will cross the entire United States, coast to coast. Join us for a day of special programming designed to get you excited about the August 21 eclipse.  At Your Eclipse you can: 

  • Learn about the science of eclipses
  • Make your own safe solar eclipse viewer
  • Plan how you'll observe the eclipse in August
  • Share your experiences of past eclipses
  • Learn how to photograph the eclipse from experienced astrophotographers

The full schedule of the event can be found below. 

Timed Presentations

A 30-minute interactive journey to learn about Your Eclipse
In Moving Beyond Earth (Gallery 113)
11:00 am and 2:00 pm

Your Eclipse: How Can You Be Ready for the Big Day?
Featuring NASA astronomer Lou Mayo and Museum educators Marty Kelsey and Genevieve de Messieres
In Moving Beyond Earth (Gallery 113)
1:00 pm


All Day Activities

Let’s Explore Together

  • Solar Eclipse Science
  • NASA Activities and Information
  • Citizen Science Opportunities, Eclipse History, Other Things in Front of Things, and the next U.S. eclipses (total solar, lunar, and Mercury transits)           
  • Exoplanet Discovery Station
  • Observe the Sun Yourself (weather permitting – Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory)

Observing Safely

  • Safety First!: How to enjoy this wonderful spectacle safely           
  • Projection Eclipse Viewing Technique     
  • Tips on Photographing the Eclipse
  • Solar Viewing Glasses: Get a pair of glasses to safely view the eclipse                      

Where Will YOU Be?

  • Maps: View a map of the Eclipse track in you state
  • Where Will You Be?: Post your location on the National Eclipse Map!
  • Share Your Eclipse Memories
  • Find Your Way to Totality with Google Map and a printer

Eclipse Fun

  • Make Your Own Eclipse Projection Rig
  • Pinhole Partial Eclipse Art
  • Custom Coloring and Shadow Puppets Activity   
  • Flights of Fancy Reading Activities, featuring Swatantar Mann     
  • Eclipse Backdrop Photo Op

This program is made possible through the generous support of Northrop Grumman Corporation.

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