Advisory: National Air and Space Museum Will Host Solar Eclipse Viewing and Activities

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Alison Mitchell
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Amy Stamm     
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The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum is Washington, D.C.’s source for the solar eclipse Aug. 21. A total solar eclipse has not crossed the U.S., coast to coast, in nearly 100 years. In Washington, D.C., the moon will partially eclipse the sun, blocking 82 percent of the sun from view at 2:42 p.m. EDT. On the day of the eclipse, both museum locations will host viewing opportunities (weather permitting) and hands-on activities and offer free, safe eclipse glasses while supplies last.


Monday, August 21, 2017 – 11:00am


Monday, Aug. 21
11 a.m.–4 p.m.


National Air and Space Museum
Independence Avenue at Sixth Street S.W.

Live TV Trucks—To cover the eclipse live from the museum: The Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory is at the southeast corner of Fourth Street and Independence Avenue. Contact DDOT for parking on Fourth Street or Independence Avenue.

The museum will offer hands-on activities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be safe viewing from inside the Observatory (a small, round building on Independence Avenue near Fourth Street) and safe solar telescopes located outside the Observatory on the museum plaza and the Independence Avenue entrance.

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