Washington, DC

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From a press release:

“The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum is Washington, D.C.’s source for the solar eclipse Aug. 21. A total solar eclipse has not crossed the U.S., coast to coast, in nearly 100 years. In Washington, D.C., the moon will partially eclipse the sun, blocking 82% of the sun from view at 2:42 pm EDT. On the day of the eclipse, both museum locations will host viewing opportunities (weather permitting), hands-on activities and will be giving away free safe eclipse glasses. The museum’s “STEM in 30” program will broadcast live online from the “path of totality” and the museum in Washington. The eclipse will also be broadcast live online from the Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory, weather permitting.

National Air and Space Museum, National Mall Building:

  • Free eclipse glasses–all day, while supplies last
  • Safe solar telescopes–1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Make your own pinhole eclipse viewer: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Planetarium presentation–What’s New in Space Science: Today’s Solar Eclipse with Genevieve de Messieres, astronomy educator: 10:30 a.m.
  • Meet Mindy Thomas, host of “Wow in the World,” NPR’s podcast for curious kids and their grown-ups–10 to 10:50 a.m.
  • Shadow Puppets–11 a.m. to noon
  • Eclipse Stories with Mindy Thomas and David DeVorkin–11 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Eclipsapalooza Interactive Journey with David DeVorkin, curator of astronomy, and Genevieve de Messieres, astronomy educator–11:30 a.m. to noon.

National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, Va.:

  • Free eclipse glasses–all day, while supplies last
  • Safe solar telescopes–1 to 4 p.m.
  • Make your own pinhole eclipse viewer–11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Portable Planetarium shows–10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m.

Off-site locations including safe solar telescopes and free eclipse glasses:

Online programming:

  • Live from the path of totality*–STEM in 30will broadcast the eclipse from Liberty, Mo., which is in the path, on Air and Space Live
  • View of the eclipse from Washington will be streamed on the Observatory’s Ustream channel, weather permitting”

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