Upcoming Eclipse Activities!
Watch the live webcast HERE
THE SPACE CENTER IS COMPLETELY SOLD OUT OF SOLAR ECLIPSE GLASSES

Coca-Cola Space Science Center Activities
Monday August 21st, 1pm to 4pm
Free and open to the public. Join us to view the eclipse in a variety of ways! See webcast of the view here in Columbus, as well as the view from one of our teams inside the totality. Look through a solar telescope. Activities will start by 1PM!
Dr. Cruzen's Tips for the August 21, 2017 Eclipse of the Sun – Columbus, Georgia

Seeing an eclipse is a rare and spectacular site! The Eclipse on August 21, 2017 provides us with a unique opportunity to witness a total solar eclipse cross the United States of America. We have put together this list of suggestions and reminders to help you enjoy this upcoming events.

What you need to know:

  • The term totality means the time or duration of time the sun or moon is completely (100%) obscured during an eclipse. Though this solar eclipse will be visible from coast to coast in the United States, totality only occurs in a narrow path that falls north of Columbus, Georgia.

  • In Columbus, the eclipse will be partial with 92% of the Sun’s area blocked. This partial eclipse will cover enough of the Sun to make a beautiful sight in the sky, but it is not totality and it is NOT safe to observe without protection.

  • The nearest drives to see totality will include to the north east corner of Georgia, or into South Carolina, or Tennessee. If you’re planning on going, make sure you prepare for very heavy traffic in these areas. See this detailed map for the exact path of totality: http://xjubier.free.fr/en/site_pages/solar_eclipses/TSE_2017_GoogleMapFull.html

  • In Columbus, the eclipse begins at 1:05 p.m. (EDT) with first contact. The maximum eclipse occurs at 2:37 p.m. At this time, 92% of the Sun’s disk will be blocked by the Moon. Last contact, or the end of the eclipse, occurs at 4:03 p.m.


Three safe methods for viewing the eclipse:

See eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety

*** FIRST AND FOREMOST, NEVER LOOK AT THE SUN THROUGH AN OPTICAL DEVICE WITHOUT A FRONT-END SOLAR FILTER, EVEN WITH A FILTER ON THE EYEPIECE END OR ON YOUR FACE!!! ***

  1. Solar Glasses – There are many outlets still selling the safe solar glasses. These glasses should have the ISO reference number of 12312-2 printed on the glasses. NEVER USE THESE DEVICES IN CONJUNCTION WITH AN UNFILTERED OPTICAL DEVICE (like binoculars)!!

  2. Telescopes or binoculars with proper solar filters – As of this writing (8/1/17), some online companies still have solar telescopes and filters for cameras, binoculars, etc. available for purchase. These outlets include B & H Photo (www.bhphotovideo.com), Oceanside Photo and Telescope (www.optcorp.com), and Adorama (www.adorama.com).

  3. Pinhole Projection – There are many ways to make a simple pinhole projector for viewing the eclipse indirectly. This is the least expensive and safest way to experience the eclipse. No special tools or exotic materials are required, so anyone can make this simple device at home. The easiest way is to take two pieces of cardboard, poke a round hole in one of them, and let the sun shine through the whole onto the other piece. Thin cardboard (like cereal box material) works best to get an even hole. White cardboard works best to display the projected image. Though there are variations that can improve this technique, the simplest version works well and will allow the most people to enjoy the eclipse without any substantial investment in equipment. Here is more information about this method:
    https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/make-pinhole-projector.html
    https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/box-pinhole-projector.html
    https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/2d3d-printable-pinhole-projectors
    https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/how-make-pinhole-projector-view-solar-eclipse
    https://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse/how-to-view-eclipse