Science of the Eclipse—Downtown Eclipse Viewing Party!

08/21/2017, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

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Join us at Black Wall Street Plaza (Corner of W. Main St. and N. Mangum St., Downtown Durham) Monday, August 21 to safely view the partial solar eclipse using solarscopes and participate in a day of hands-on activities!

What is a solar eclipse?

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes in between the sun and the earth, casting a small shadow on Earth’s surface. The Museum will see a partial eclipse, meaning that at its peak at 2:44pm, about 93% of the sun will be covered by the moon.

Take a break from your afternoon—it’s for science! Join us on August 21, 2017 to rock this celestial event safely and with hands-on activities. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy a rare natural spectacle.


  • Volunteer-facilitated activities
  • Solar eclipse glasses*
  • Safe solar viewers
  • Snacks provided by Luna Rotisserie around eclipse time*
  • Create a pinhole viewer; a safe way to view the eclipse on your own!
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