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Ky Science Center offering eclipse viewing experience

April 8 is last total solar eclipse in the U.S. for 20 years
A view of the total eclipse Aug. 21, 2017 as seen from the Russellville-Logan County Airport. Mark Green photo

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky Science Center will host a special event at its 727 W. Main St. downtown Louisville location for the upcoming eclipse, which is the last total solar eclipse to pass the United States for 20 years.

The Kentucky Science Center a 727 W. Main St., Louisville

The Eclipse event at Kentucky Science Center will offer special activities with normal $28 admission on April 8 from 1pm-4:30 pm thanks to a NASA Kentucky Space grant. A limited number of eclipse glasses will also be distributed free with admission to view the eclipse that will occur from 3:07-4:22PM.

Eclipse guests have access to all of Kentucky Science Center’s 50,000 s.f. of fun throughout the day as well as special programming stationed throughout the galleries. Families will have access to fun and educational programming about the eclipse, eclipse-viewing safety, the principles of gravity, different cultural interpretations of eclipses and constellations, and the opportunity to view the partial eclipse. Activities will include creating pinhole cameras, streaming coverage of the eclipse from NASA, early childhood-specific programming, activities designed to teach students about gravity, UV rays, universes, and more.

Eclipse guests are also welcome to add-on documentary screenings of “Journey to Space, 3D” in our 4-story theater. This movie is an inspiring reflection on the remarkable achievements of NASA’s Space Shuttle program, including the assembly and launch of the International Space Station and the deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope.

“We are so excited to be able to host an event centering around this once-in-20-years phenomenon,” says Kentucky Science Center Chief Executive Officer Mike Norman. “Not only is it thrilling to be part of a scientific wonder, we love having the chance to Do Science with guests from across the region and explain the ‘why’ behind the Eclipse.”

Kentucky Science Center’s Eclipse event will happen from 1-4:30 p.m. Monday, April 8, 2024. The event is a free add-on to the $28 admission and a limited number of Eclipse glasses will be provided FREE, with support from the NASA Kentucky Space Grant. More information is available at https://kysciencecenter.org/programs/eclipse/.

Kentucky Science Center is located at 727 W. Main Street on Louisville’s historic Museum Row and is open to the public seven days a week from 9:30 a.m.to 5 p.m. Our 50,000 s.f. of space allows families plenty of opportunity to explore, experiment, and Do Science. Secure your general admission tickets for $28 by visiting kysciencecenter.org.

Kentucky Science Center is a nonprofit educational institution that encourages people of all ages to Do Science in engaging, educational, and entertaining ways to inspire a lifetime of learning. Designated the State Science Center of Kentucky by the 2002 Kentucky General Assembly, Kentucky Science Center features interactive exhibits and engaging programs for children, families, and adults.

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