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Experience The Solar Eclipse With Pacific Science Center

by | Jun 27, 2017

The Ultimate Viewing Party Starts at 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 21

SEATTLE, WA (June 27, 2017) – On Monday, August 21 we will experience a celestial phenomenon for the first time in more than 30 years: the total solar eclipse. While the point of totality will occur in Oregon, you can still enjoy the solar eclipse in Seattle. Pacific Science Center, Seattle’s epicenter of science will open its doors at 8:30 a.m. and offer various discussions, viewing areas and activities so guests can get the full experience.

The eclipse will start at 9:08 a.m. with its maximum at 10:30 a.m. and will end at 11:38 a.m. During this time, Pacific Science Center will offer various activities including:

  • View the eclipse through solar telescopes and safe-viewing glasses
  • In the event of cloud cover, the eclipse will be live-streamed from other clear-weather locations
  • Hands-on demonstrations on how eclipses occur

Leading up to the eclipse, Pacific Science Center is offering two events to help guests prepare:

  • July 19: Science in the City: Great American Eclipses. Author and eclipse chaser David Baron will discuss the upcoming eclipse and his new book, American Eclipse: A Nation’s Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World. $5 general admission, free for Members.
  • Aug. 12-13: Curiosity Days: Up in the Sky. This month’s Curiosity Days features exhibits and demonstrations on everything under the sun, from weather and atmosphere to flight and aviation. Included in general admission, free for Members.

Activities and the viewing of the solar eclipse will be included in general admission and free for Pacific Science Center Members. More information on day-of activities is available at www.pacificsciencecenter/eclipse.

Pacific Science Center is also offering Eclipse Kits; the perfect resource for eclipse viewers. Each kit contains a copy of When the Sun Goes Dark, an illustrated book by renowned eclipse-hunter Dennis Schatz, two pairs of customized solar eclipse viewing glasses, one UV-activated wristband, and a commemorative pinhole viewer to safely view the eclipse. Each kit is $100 and only 300 are available for purchase. More information and purchasing options can be found at

Contact: Delaney Berreth
PR & Marketing Coordinator 
(206) 443-3659;

Pacific Science Center is an independent, not-for-profit institution in Seattle. The institution’s mission is to ignite curiosity in every child and fuels a passion for discovery, experimentation, and critical thinking in all of us. Pacific Science Center’s award-winning, interactive programs reach more than 1.1 million people each year – in their communities, classrooms, and on the Pacific Science Center campus and at the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center. Pacific Science Center began as the United States Science Pavilion during the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. Millions came to explore the wonders of science during the World’s Fair and upon closing ceremonies, the Science Pavilion was given new life as the private not-for-profit Pacific Science Center, becoming the first U.S. museum founded as a science and technology center. On July 22, 2010 Pacific Science Center was declared a City of Seattle Landmark.