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Solar Eclipse Viewing Party at ScienceWorks

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Solar Eclipse Viewing Party at ScienceWorks

ASHLAND, OR – ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum and the Southern Oregon Skywatchers will host a partial solar eclipse viewing party at ScienceWorks on Thursday, October 23. The free outdoor event will begin at 1:30 pm and end at 4:30 pm, weather permitting. Filtered solar telescopes will be available for safe viewing of the Sun.

Inside the museum, visitors will get to see the effects of sun exposure using a skin imaging device from 11 am – 12:30 pm and 2:30 – 4 pm.  There will also be a variety of solar science activities from 2:30 – 4 pm.

This partial solar eclipse occurs because the center of the moon’s shadow will miss the earth, passing above the North Pole. The partial eclipse will be visible at sunrise in far eastern Russia and before sunset across most of North America. In the Rogue Valley, the eclipse starts at 1:44 pm when the moon first begins to cross in front of the sun. The maximum eclipse will occur at 3:09 pm when the moon covers 56 percent of the sun’s diameter. The partial eclipse will end at 4:27 pm.

Even during a partial eclipse, the sun shines brightly enough to damage your eyes if you look at it without a protective filter. Members of the Southern Oregon Skywatchers will be on site with a 10 inch Meade LX200 telescope outfitted with a solar filter to block dangerous ultraviolet and infrared radiation as well as visible light. Special solar filter viewing glasses will also be available at the ScienceWorks Explore Store.

The last partial solar eclipse in Oregon was on May 20, 2012. After the October 23 eclipse, observers will have the good fortune to enjoy an even more spectacular eclipse; a total eclipse visible from most of Oregon, on August 21, 2017.

Learn about the eclipse with experts and be a part of this live viewing event. ScienceWorks is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am – 5pm.  Admission is $7 for children ages 2 – 12 and seniors 65 and older, and $9 for teens and adults.  Members and children under 2 are free.  For more information, visit www.scienceworksmuseum.org.