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Solar Eclipse

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The next solar eclipse cutting through the United States will happen on April, 8 2024.  You are invited to visit the Forestview Planetarium to learn about what causes eclipses, the different kinds of eclipses, the path of the 2024 eclipse, and about the equipment and viewing techniques that make this a once in a lifetime event for many people.  We will also be watching the fulldome show "Totality" which was produced by Rice University specifically for this event.  Click the link below to sign up for the show.

Solar Eclipse 2024 Show Sign Up Form

Show Dates & Times:  March 5, 6, & 7  5:30pm-6:30pm & 7:00pm-8:00pm


How Can I View An Eclipse?

We will talk about equipment and techniques for viewing an eclipse.  Sun Spotters, Telescopes, Pin Hole viewers, and Solar Shades will be discussed and explained to allow for safe eclipse viewing.


What Will I See?

Depending on your location, a solar eclipse will look different.  We will talk about what people will see and experience in the path of totality versus a partial eclipse.


Where Can I View The Eclipse?

This eclipse is a big one because of the number of large cities that are in it's path.  We will look at the time and location of the eclipse and where it might best be viewed from.

Fulldome Show


Two eclipses cross the US in 2023 and 2024 - an annular on October 14, 2023 and a total eclipse on April 8, 2024! Everyone in the continental US will experience at least a partial solar eclipse on April 8. Total solar eclipses are a rare and beautiful phenomena, and in this new planetarium show you will learn how eclipses happen, how to safely view one, and where these two eclipses take place. You will learn the history of eclipse watchers and how to observe safely.  The next solar eclipse to cross the US is in 2045 so don't miss this one!!

If you have questions, contact Tim Peabody (Planetarium Director) at or (218) 454-6651

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