On Monday, April 8, the Oklahoma City metro area will get to see another partial solar eclipse!
The far southeast corner of the state will be in the path of totality!
Although we are not in the direct path of the eclipse, coverage will be about 93.9% at approximately 1:45pm.
The total solar eclipse will pass over the United States beginning in Mexico passing through Texas, all the way to Maine, and finally through Canada. Since Science Museum Oklahoma is not in the direct path of the totality, we will experience a partial eclipse.
In front of the museum (no admission required)
- Telescopes with special filters will be set up in front of the museum for viewing the eclipse safely.
- Creating indirect viewers to watch the eclipse. All materials provided.
- Eclipse demonstrations including unconventional ways to view the eclipse.
Inside the museum: (Activity tables open from 10am to 1:30pm)
- 11:30a.m.- Storytime Science will be held on the Science Floor Side Stage. This will be a special eclipse themed story and corona art activity just for our youngest astronomers!
- Live feeds from the path of totality
- UV bead bracelet creation
SMO Gardens: 10 a.m. – Noon (Activity tables open from 10am to 1:30pm)
- Sun Prints! This fun activity uses photographic paper and sunlight to make art with different items you can find in the garden.
During a total solar eclipse the Moon perfectly blocks the sun for a brief period of time. This causes a dramatic decrease in daylight for those in the moon’s umbral shadow.
A partial solar eclipse occurs when the Moon’s shadow partially misses the Earth. Or when an annular or total eclipse is viewed from outside the Moon’s umbral shadow. Because Oklahoma City is not in the Moon’s umbral shadow, the Path of Totality, Science Museum Oklahoma will experience a partial solar eclipse on this date.
April Eclipse Schedule for Science Museum Oklahoma
Times are provided by NASA and are specific to SMO, located at 2020 Remington Pl. in Oklahoma City.
When it comes to safely viewing any eclipses, solar viewers are a necessity. To protect your eyes from the Sun, you must use a pair of solar eclipse glasses or a safe viewing alternative, such as a pinhole projector. There are many ways to enjoy an eclipse by viewing it indirectly, but direct viewing requires the right safety precautions.
Our Science Shop has tested-and-approved eclipse glasses that shield your eyes so you can enjoy the event. Available in a Family pack of 4 or 6 or a Classroom set of 20 or 30.