On Monday, August 21, 2017 the shadow of the moon will pass across the US making a line from Oregon to South Carolina.  It is estimated that 50 million people will be able to witness “totality” for a few minutes as the moon completely blocks the sun.  While Western New Yorkers will only be able to witness a partial eclipse, it will still be remarkable as about 75% of the sun will be obscured by the moon.  August 21, 2017 is going to be a BIG deal, and we want to help you experience it.

Prepare youself for the eclipse at the planetarium
Why do eclipses happen?  What will it look like?  How do you observe it safely?  What do you need to do to be prepared?  This class will fill you in on all the details you need to know.  Find out how eclipses occur, where you can go, how to prepare, what you can expect to see from either the path of totality or from home, and how to view it safely.  Free solar viewing glasses will be given out to attendees!  (Ages 10-adult)

Date Time Program Description/Registration
Wed, Aug 9 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Planning for the 2017 Solar Eclipse Sign up!
Mon, Aug 14 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Planning for the 2017 Solar Eclipse Sign up!

Learn more and watch it live on August 21st
The website below was put together by several organizations in Western New York that do outreach programming for astronomy.  Click on the link for information about:

  • Where you can learn about the eclipse and how to be prepared
  • Solar viewing safety and techniques
  • Locations for live viewing on August 21st


FREE Solar Viewing Glasses
Safe solar viewing glasses will be available FREE to the public before (6:30-7:00 pm) the Community Education classes on Wed 8/9 and Mon 8/14.  Stop by and get some so that you can view the eclipse SAFELY.  Better yet, sign up for one of the classes above and learn all about how eclipses happen, what to expect, and methods for safe viewing.