Join Us For Two Major Celestial Events
This spring we're excited for not one, but two major celestial events, one of which only comes along once, maybe twice in a lifetime. And our Pacific Science Center teachers plan to share them with you.
The first is a partial solar eclipse coming this Sunday, May 20 from 5-7:30 p.m. This eclipse is the first in the last ten years and won't come again for another two to five years.
The second is the transit of Venus across the face of the sun on Tuesday, June 5 from 3-9 p.m. About twice every century, Venus travels between the earth and the sun and can be seen as a black dot moving across the surface of the sun.
For both these events, our staff will set up telescopes outside our front gate facing Seattle Center after 6 p.m. and will explain what's happening. Prior to 6 p.m. they'll be set up inside our campus.
For the transit of Venus, there are additional events planned all around the Puget Sound area as part of the Seattle Science Festival. If you can't make it to the Science Center then look for an observation point closer to you. Learn More
In addition, the Pacific Science Center Store has viewing glasses you may purchase to do your own viewing.
Whether you join us or one of the other observation events, or just do it yourself with the appropriate eyewear (NEVER look directly at the sun with the naked eye!), we hope you get to experience these amazing happenings.