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Image of a small blonde boy wearing eclipse glasses as he stands in front of the museum. On the right is a square with a graphic of an eclipse and the word free in a red exclamation bubble. Solar Eclipse 2024.

Join us April 8 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. for a day of fun and education for all ages!

Beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 8, the museum will take you on an Eclipse adventure!
Bring a chair or a blanket and enjoy the wide-open views of the sky as the moon passes directly in front of the sun, creating a total solar eclipse. 

The path of totality for the 2024 Great North American Eclipse, taking place on Monday, April 8, will stretch from Mexico to Canada, passing through 14 states. Dayton will experience 2 minutes and 43 seconds of totality, beginning at 3:09 p.m.  It marks the first time since 1806 that Ohio has witnessed a total solar eclipse.

We know weather can be tricky in Ohio - but don't let a gloomy day keep you away.
We are prepared to bring the activities inside, and you can view the NASA feed of the Eclipse on the big screen so we can all celebrate the day - rain or shine!

 

Join us beginning at 10 a.m. we will keep you busy all day with the following activities:

 

Hands-On Educational Activities

Make a Moon Phases Calendar and Calculator
Model a Solar Eclipse
When Do Lunar Eclipses Happen?
How to Make a Pinhole Camera
Eclipse in a Cup
5 Steps to Creating Your Own Solar Eclipse Glasses

Rocket Launches presented by the Wright Stuff Rocketeers*

Three launches scheduled throughout the day, including a special Glow Launch during the Eclipse.
Please note that this is not a hands-on activity for visitors.

Hot Air Balloon Glow from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. 

Hot air balloons will be onsite from 1 - 4 p.m. for visitors to engage with the pilots and learn more, but you won't want to miss the special Balloon Glow during the Eclipse!

Live-streams of NASA's Eclipse coverage 

Two locations to view the NASA feed of this event, outside on the jumbotron, or inside on the large screen in building 2.

Expert presentations

Learn more with a variety of presentations by experts throughout the day. 
Full schedule coming soon!

Food Trucks

Pack a picnic lunch or visit one of the food trucks available outside. Visitors can also step inside the museum to grab a bite at the Valkyrie Cafe or the Launchpad Shop 'n Snack. 

Safety First!!

According to the National Park Service, the only safe way to look directly at the sun during an eclipse is through special-purpose solar filters, like eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewers.
Remember the only safe time to look at the sun without solar filters is during the 2-4 minutes of total eclipse. It is never safe to look at the sun without solar filters during any other phases of the eclipse, or if you are viewing a partial or annular eclipse.

All visitors are encouraged to bring eclipse glasses with them on April 8. If you do not have eclipse glasses, stop by the Education tent to learn how to make your own, or visit the Museum Store to purchase a pair. 

*Federal Endorsement Not Implied

 

You don't have to wait for April 8!
Register now for in-person and Live-Stream Eclipse-themed educational classes scheduled throughout March

 

In-Person Classes

All classes are 1-hour long and open to the specified age ranges below. Space is limited to 35 students per in-person session for these engaging and educational classes, therefore advanced registration is required.
Click HERE to register your student/s for in-person classes.

 

Live-Stream Classes

Not local? Preferred in-person class already full? Just can't take a field trip?
NO Problem!!!

We are also offering a live-stream option for each class during the 10 a.m. session only. Sign up for one, or all of our scheduled classes at Live-Stream Registration.
 

Make a Moon Phase Calendar and Calculator - Grades 5-8
March 6.
Classes available at 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.
Class aligns with Next Generation Science Standards 1-ESS1-1 and MS-ESS1-1

Model a Solar Eclipse - Grades 1-4
March 13
Classes available at 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.
Class aligns with Next Generation Science Standards 1-ESS1-1 and MS-ESS1-1

When do Lunar Eclipses Happen? - Grades 3-4
March 20
Classes available at 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.
Class aligns with Next Generation Science Standard 1-ESS1-1 and Common Core State Standards for Mathematics 4.MD.C and 4.MD.C.6

How to Make a Pinhole Camera - Grades 5-8
March 27
Classes available at 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.
Class aligns with Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.7 and Next Generation Science Standard 1-ESS1-1

Eclipse in a Cup - Grades 6-8
April 3
Classes available at 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.
Class aligns with Next Generation Science Standards 1-ESS1-1 and MS-ESS1-1

5 Steps to Creating Your Own Solar Eclipse Glasses - Grades 4-8
April 5

Classes available at 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.
Class aligns with Next Generation Science Standards 1-ESS1-1 and MS-ESS1-1

 

For additional information about these classes, contact the museum's Education Division at nationalmuseum.mut@us.af.mil or 937-255-8048.

Visit the Education Division page for more information about additional aerospace educational opportunities offered by the museum. 

 

Does your organization promote STEM, Astronomy or Space-related content?
We Want You!

We are looking for organizations to provide presentations and hands-on demonstrations to museum visitors throughout our month-long Eclipse celebration. 
We'll provide the table and chairs, you bring your expertise and content.

Learn more and register HERE

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This event is supported by the Simons Foundation and is part of its ‘In the Path of Totality’ initiative.

(Federal Endorsement Not Implied)