Total Solar Eclipse

The Eclipse

One of the rarest and most spectacular sights in nature, the path of a total solar eclipse visits Aurora and the Edgerton Explorit Center! During the early afternoon, the Moon completely covers the Sun for 2 minutes and 30 seconds. A total solar eclipse has not occurred over this area since 1194, and will not occur again until 2744. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime event, and thousands of people from across and country and around the world will travel thousands to miles to be inside the path of the Moon's shadow!

Edgerton mad scientist and educator Dan Glomski is a longtime amateur astronomer and planetarium educator who has conducted many nighttime stargazing and daytime sunviewing sessions. Dan can tell you how spectacular the total eclipse will be -- he's seen one!

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Fun in the Sun

Want to know more about the Sun and the eclipse? The Edgerton Center offers our show Fun in the Sun. If you have a class-sized group (25 students or less), an open outdoor spot and a sunny day with comfortable temperatures, Fun in the Sun goes through the science of our closest star -- how large it is, how the Sun and stars are different from planets, and more. We wrap up the outdoor portion with safe viewing of the Sun with the unaided eye and through telescopes. An optional indoor portion of the show gives a sneak preview of the total eclipse.

For larger audiences, up to school assemblies, or for cloudy and/or cold days, we are working on an entirely indoor version of Fun in the Sun featuring much of the same science (but omitting the sun viewing). 

Portable Planetarium

In addition, the center is in the process of acquiring a portable planetarium capable of seating a class-sized audience. Far from the primitive Starlab planetarium of years back, this planetarium will use 180-degree fulldome projection combined with a version of the popular planetarium program Stellarium to show the sky -- and events like the eclipse -- from any place at any time -- daytime or night!  The planetarium will also be capable of playing fulldome video clips and shows.

Best of all -- we can bring the planetarium to your school, library, etc. Setup takes 30 minutes or less

More information on our new portable planetarium will be coming soon!

Viewing the Eclipse

After seeing one of our presentations, you'll be ready to view the total eclipse. Please note:  you MUST be located inside the path of totality to see ANY of the glory of a total eclipse. If you are outside the path of totality, we VERY STRONGLY recommend traveling to a location inside the path, and preferably within a few miles of the centerline (where the total eclipse lasts the longest).

Hamilton and Hall counties plan to open 3 to 4 observing locations where viewers may experience the eclipse. More details coming soon!

For more information:
An interactive Google map with the eclipse path included; clicking on a location will give the start and end times of the eclipse, length of totality and more.

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