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Museum hosts solar eclipse viewing party

Partial Solar Eclipse over Grand Rapids happening soon

In celebration of Monday’s solar eclipse, the Grand Rapids Public Museum will be hosting a viewing party.

A total solar eclipse is a rare occasion. The last recorded eclipse happened in the 1970’s according to NASA. The eclipse will span from Oregon to South Carolina.

Michigan will be experiencing a partial eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21. The eclipse is expected to begin at around 1 p.m., with the darkest point being at around 2:30 p.m. and ending at around 3:40 p.m.

The solar eclipse party will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be hands-on activities, a safe eclipse viewing, food and more.

There will be many activities available including making solar system bracelets, decorating personal eclipse shades, creating a space craft, making eclipse projectors and more.

Participants will also be given the opportunity to watch a half hour show of “Eclipses and Phases of the Moon” in the Chaffee Planetarium for $4 per person. The party will also feature a live stream of the full solar eclipse.
To purchase tickets to the party, click here.The fee for adults is $8 and children is $3. Members of the museum get in free, but will still need tickets.


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