On Aug. 21, 2017, experience the first total solar eclipse to occur in the continental U.S. in nearly 40 years.
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes exactly between the Earth and sun, causing the moon's shadow to glide across Earth.
A total solar eclipse is rare! The last total solar eclipse visible from the continental U.S. was on Feb. 26, 1979, and was primarily visible from the Pacific Northwest. The last total solar eclipse to cross the U.S. from coast to coast was in 1918.
While not in the direct path of totality, Oklahoma City will experience approximately 85% obscuration of the sun at about 1:05 p.m. on Aug. 21, 2017. Don't miss your chance to experience the 2017 eclipse at Science Museum Oklahoma.
Join the astronomy experts at Science Museum Oklahoma for the 2017 total solar eclipse!
From 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 21, the museum’s Planetarium staff will be on-hand to answer questions, assist guests in safely viewing the eclipse using telescopes, and hosting special eclipse-themed shows in the Kirkpatrick Planetarium. Activity tables facilitated by the museum's education team will be available outside from 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.
The museum will also have a feed of the eclipse showing both the Oklahoma sky and NASA's live image on screens throughout the building.
Indoor eclipse activities are included with general admission. There is no charge for outdoor eclipse activities.
Kirkpatrick Planetarium Shows
|10 a.m.||10:30 a.m.||11:00 a.m|
|11:30 a.m.||Noon||1:30 p.m.|
|2:00 p.m.||2:30 p.m.||3:00 p.m.|
Eclipse Schedule for Science Museum Oklahoma
|Maximum eclipse:||1:05:44 p.m.|
Times are provided by NASA and are specific to SMO, located at 2020 Remington Pl. in Oklahoma City.
For times specific to your address, visit NASA's Eclipse Site.
Protect your eyes!
The Science Shop is sold out of eclipse glasses. We do not anticipate getting another shipment of glasses before Aug. 21.
Purchasing glasses online? Be sure they are from a reputable vendor! Learn more about eclipse glasses and how to ensure you're purchasing approved glasses: