The Greater Austin STEM Ecosystem amplified eclipse events from across Central Texas in August 2017. Through email newsletters, listservs and social media, eclipse events were highlighted and shared across the STEM community.

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The eclipse will peak at 1:10 pm CDT in Central Texas, when the moon obscures ~65% of the sun. Enter your zip code to find out exactly when the eclipse peaks in your neighborhood! Find events across the area and across the country on the American Astronomical Society’s website.

 

Sunday, August 20

Total Eclipse of the Sun, 1 – 4 p.m.
Science Mill
101 S. Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City, TX 78636
99 YEARS IN THE MAKING! Did you know the last time a total eclipse crossed the United States from coast to coast was 99 years ago? Join us August 20th from 1-4pm to celebrate this extraordinary celestial event. Learn what causes an eclipse and why they are so rare as you enjoy one-of-a-kind solar activities. Harness the power of the sun by trying your hand at wood burning art or stop by the galaxy station to create your very own solar system mobile. And don’t forget to pick up your FREE solar viewing glasses courtesy of Johnson City Library.

Monday, August 21 – ECLIPSE DAY!

Eclipse Science Stop, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Eclipse Viewing, 11:30 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.
Texas Museum of Science & Technology (TXMOST)
1220 Toro Grande Drive, Cedar Park, TX 78613
Includes special eclipse planetarium shows and live streaming of the total eclipse, plus eclipse demos and activities. This event is included with paid admission to the museum or with your TXMOST membership.

Solar Eclipse Watch Party, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Brushy Creek Municipal Utility District
Cat Hollow Park Field Pavilion, 16318 Great Oaks Dr., Round Rock, Texas, TX 78681
Don’t miss this rare astronomical event! 🌚🌒🌓🌔 The eclipse begins at 11:41 am and the peak is at 1:10 pm. Brushy Creek will see a partial eclipse of about 65% coverage of the sun. Watch the eclipse and learn more about astronomy with your neighbors in Cat Hollow Park. Activities:
😎 FREE solar eclipse glasses will be available (you MUST protect your eyes)
🚀 Time Capsule: Bring a small item or note to place in the time capsule for opening at the next total eclipse in 2024!
🎇 Pinhole Viewer Craft, Modified Telescope, Art Center, Astronomy Education, Snacks and Drinks.
📷 If you have a camera with a tri-pod, we will have tips on settings/exposure times.

Eclipse Viewing and Digital Planetarium Eclipse Show, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Austin Nature and Science Center
2389 Stratford Drive, Austin, TX 78746
Join the Austin Nature & Science Center for a viewing of the eclipse. Check out a video of how an eclipse works in the center’s new digital planetarium. Limited number of eclipse glasses will be available. Feel free to bring your own!

Great America Solar Eclipse, 11:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Inks Lake State Park – Texas Parks and Wildlife
3630 Park Road 4 W, Burnet, Texas 78611
Share our partial eclipse view with the Friends of Inks Lake. This will be a fun event. Listen as the sounds of the day turn with the gathering change of the sun. We will have our solar filter on the telescope and some solar glasses available for viewing. Some boxes and supplies will be available to make solar viewers.

Total Eclipse of the Sun, 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Mayborn Science Theater
P.O. BOX 1800 Killeen, Texas, 76540
The Mayborn Science Theater is located on the campus of Central Texas College in Killeen, Texas.
Join us August 21 for a special event celebrating the total eclipse of the sun. Our playbill starts at 11:30 a.m. with a premier of our newest full dome show, “Totality.” Following “Totality,” our astronomers, Jay Huston and Warren Hart, give a live presentation on eclipses – what they are, how they happen, what are their effects – with emphasis on this eclipse. We close with an invitation to view the partial eclipse (as seen over central Texas, 68 percent) or view the full total eclipse of the sun on our dome from a NASA feed.
Arrive early. Doors open at 10:30 a.m.

Great American Solar Eclipse – Star Party!, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Bastrop State Park
Historic Golf Shelter, 100 Park Road 1A, Bastrop, Texas 78602
It’s happening! The first solar eclipse to cross the entire United States since 1918! Join us at the Historic Golf Shelter to see it safely! The solar eclipse is a very special event! We will be able to see the moon cover about 75% of the sun from Bastrop State Park. While we are not in the path of totality (the sun won’t be totally covered), it’ll still be an incredible event that we’ll experience together!

  • Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts: We will be doing some portions of your patch requirements during the program, however, we will not have patches available at the park•
  • General Public: There will be some solar eclipse viewing glasses available for you to borrow during this event. Supplies are limited
  • Cost: This program is free with the cost of admission ($5/person 12 years and older).

Johnson City Library Viewing Party, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Johnson City Library
501 Nugent Ave, Johnson City, TX 78636
Partial eclipse begins at 11:30 a.m. Maximum eclipse is at 1:00 p.m. Eclipse ends at 2:30 p.m. Come and go! Live feed of total eclipse. Solar viewing glasses. Activities include:

  1. How Big is Big, How Far is Far – What is an Eclipse?
  2. Can You Predict What the Corona Will Look Like?
  3. Eclipse Art Projects – Make a Keepsake Solar Book
  4. Create Our Own Solar Dance
  5. Eclipse Poetry
  6. Make a Time Capsule to be Opened at the Next Solar Eclipse in 2024
  7. Solar Cookies

Solar Eclipse Event, 11:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Pflugerville Public Library
1008 W. Pfluger Street, Pflugerville, TX 78660
We have fun activities scheduled, and free eclipse viewing glasses will be available courtesy of StarNet. (One pair of glasses will be provided per person.) The event will start with a short informational session on safe viewing. Then take your glasses outside to view the eclipse (weather permitting). Peak viewing time will be between 1:00 and 1:15 pm. A craft will also be available while supplies last. We’ll finish the afternoon with a screening of Wall-E at 2:00 (Rated G, ©Walt Disney Pictures). All ages are welcome.

UT Austin Solar Eclipse Viewing with Astronomy Outreach, 11:41 a.m. – 2:39 p.m.
The University of Texas at Austin, Astronomy Outreach
RLM 13.132 and other areas on campus
Eclipse begins – 11:41 a.m.
Maximum eclipse – 65% obscuration at 1:10 p.m.
Eclipse ends – 2:39 p.m
Viewing with the Astronomy Department Heliostat will be in RLM 13.132 and other locations around campus TBD.

Stars Eclipse Day Viewing Party, 11:41 a.m. – 2:39 p.m.
Texas Stars, HEB Center
2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park Texas 78613
The Stars will hold an Eclipse Viewing Party from 11:41am-2:39pm on August 21 during the 2017 Solar Eclipse featuring eclipse glasses, street hockey and prizes for fans. The team will also offer a ticket special at the box office.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Round Rock Public Library
221 East Main Street, Round Rock,TX 78664
Round Rock Public Library, in partnership with the Space Science Institute, invites you to experience the solar eclipse over Round Rock on August 21, 2017. The party will be in Prete Plaza while the moon’s shadow will move across our area, noon – 2 p.m. Join us for as much of the event as you’d like.

We’ll have a variety of activities to share to increase your enjoyment of the event. We know you’ll be talking about this event long into the future, and we’d love to experience it as a community. Safe, solar viewing glasses will be available.

Solar Eclipse Party, 12 – 2 p.m.
Buda Public Library
303 Main Street, Buda, TX 78610
We may be seeing a partial solar eclipse but we’re going to throw a totally awesome Solar Eclipse Party. Come down to the library on Monday, August 21 from 12:00-2:00 pm to celebrate the eclipse with activities, art, and stories. At 1:10 pm we will watch the Partial Solar Eclipse from the library lawn.

Solar Eclipse Afternoon: Make Pinhole Projectors, 12 – 2 p.m.
Austin Public Library – Howson Branch
2500 Exposition Boulevard, Austin, TX 78703
We’re having an solar eclipse watching party! Let’s make pinhole projectors and watch the sun disappear!
Drop by the library and make a craft while you search for books, movies and music. We’ve got paper crafts, easy sewing and more fun projects for the whole family. We provide the supplies; you provide the creativity. Program length is approximately 1 hour.

Total Solar Eclipse Live on KLRU Q (18.3)
Join South Carolina ETV host Beryl Dakers for the extremely rare experience of witnessing a 100% total solar eclipse. South Carolina is a prime location for a total solar eclipse crossing the U.S., coast-to-coast, for the first time since 1918.

Additional Eclipse Resources to Explore

Register to Host: NASA’s Digital Learning Network Live Event — E-Day 2017: Total Solar Eclipse Webcast
Audience: Museums and Educational Institutions
Registration Deadline: Aug. 10, 2017
Event Date: Aug. 21, 2017, 1:15 – 3:15 p.m. EDT
Contact: DLiNfochannel@gmail.com
NASA’s Digital Learning Network is looking for museums and other educational institutions to host a live two-hour virtual event in conjunction with the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017. A limited number of sites will be selected to participate in the LIVE event, and participants will ask questions of our experts directly. All sites must register and complete a technical test no later than Aug. 10, 2017.

Free Eclipse Digital Experience Available from NASA and Infiniscope
Audience: Grades 5-12 and Informal Educators
Eclipse Date: Aug. 21, 2017
Contact: jlswann@asu.edu
Aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards, the “Eclipse 2017” experience presents NASA’s “Eyes on the Solar System” visualization embedded within the immersive digital learning environment of Infiniscope. Learners will explore the Earth-moon-sun system; learn about shadows at the astronomical level; and predict the eclipse’s path of totality.

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Live Event — E-Day 2017: Total Solar Eclipse Webcast
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Aug. 21, 2017, 1:15 – 3:15 p.m. EDT
Contact: DLiNfochannel@gmail.com
Join NASA’s Digital Learning Network for a two-hour solar eclipse extravaganza! Tune in to see the eclipse live from within the path of totality and learn about the science of the sun-Earth-moon system. Watch CricketCam and make predictions. Find out how to get involved in NASA opportunities. Ask NASA experts your questions via Twitter @NASADLN using #askDLN or by email.


PAST Events

Friday, August 11

Solar Eclipse Event, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Pflugerville Public Library
1008 W. Pfluger Street, Pflugerville, TX 78660
Visit outer space, explore the galaxy and land on the moon and Mars! This indoor planetarium is 13.5 ft tall by 21 ft wide and can accommodate up to 30 people at a time. Shows run 30-45 minutes. All ages are welcome to attend. (A limited number of eclipse viewing glasses will be available for participants to take home. One pair of glasses per person.)

Saturday, August 12

Total Eclipse: Solar Science
Kodosky Girl Scout Center
12012 Park Thirty Five Circle, Austin, TX 78753
Learn about light, the sun, the moon, and how solar eclipses occur through hands-on STEM activities.  Come and find out what you need to do to prepare to safely view The Great American Eclipse coming on August 21.  We’ll have viewing glasses for you and we’ll create viewing boxes.  The next total solar eclipse over the US won’t occur until 2024, so don’t miss this opportunity to learn and prepare for this one!

Saturday, August 19

Science Saturday: Sun Science, 1 – 5 p.m.
Texas Museum of Science & Technology (TXMOST)
1220 Toro Grande Drive, Cedar Park, TX 78613
We love our Sun! We cannot survive without it. Spend an afternoon with your family and friends exploring how amazing our star is! Make art with the sun, learn about UV radiation and the color spectrum, and so much more. There will be a solar eclipse on August 21. Discover how and why it occurs and how to safely observe it. Get your solar glasses here and be prepared for this fantastic celestial event! This event is included with paid admission to the museum or with your TXMOST membership.