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Don’t miss this once-in-a lifetime solar eclipse — join Kaleideum North on August 21, from 11 am to 4 pm for a Solar Eclipse Party!

People across the United States will see the sun disappear behind the moon. Daylight will be turned into twilight and temperature will drop. This is the first solar eclipse in the continental United States since 1978 — and the first one to run from “sea to shining sea” since 1918.

You can celebrate this amazing event with Kaleideum! The “party” will feature science demonstrations, crafts, special Planetarium shows, and professional telescopes for safe sun-viewing. Bring your own cereal box to make a solar eclipse viewer to take home! All activities are included with Museum admission and free for members.

The eclipse begins at 1:12 pm with peak coverage (approximately 95 percent of the sun) at 2:41-2:43 pm. The first 100 attendees for the 11 am Planetarium show will receive a free pair of solar eclipse viewing glasses!

Important Safety Information about Solar Eclipse Glasses Sold at Kaleideum

Kaleideum has recently been made aware that several shipments of Solar Eclipse Glasses the Museum purchased from Amazon.com can not be verified as safe for solar viewing. Kaleideum recommends that anyone who purchased a pair of glasses on or after July 27 at either Kaleideum Downtown or Kaleideum North NOT use this product to

view the sun or the eclipse.

To protect your eyes when viewing the sun or an eclipse, NASA and the American Astronomical Society (AAS) advise you to use solar eclipse glasses or other solar filters from recommended manufacturers. Viewing the sun or an eclipse using any other glasses or filters could result in loss of vision or permanent blindness.

Like many organizations that ordered in good faith from a reputable company, Kaleideum was notified by Amazon that the company had not received confirmation of ISO certification from several third party sellers. Since receiving the notification, the Museum has ordered a large supply of glasses from LUNT Solar, one of the five manufacturers approved by NASA and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

“The safety of our visitors and members is of paramount importance,” said Elizabeth Dampier, Executive Director-Museum. “We are expecting a new order of solar eclipse glasses this week, and we will replace any glasses previously purchased from us with the new ones.” The replacement glasses are expected to arrive this Friday, August 18, but Kaleideum asks that customers check the Kaleideum North website or Kaleideum social media pages for updates.