Concord, NH – With lines stretching across its parking lot beginning at 7:15 a.m. Wednesday morning, the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center sold its last pair of eclipse glasses shortly after it opened at 10:30 a.m. “We are delighted that so many people are excited about the upcoming eclipse,” notes Executive Director Jeanne Gerulskis, “and sad that we have no more eclipse glasses available in our store. We have been hearing from our colleagues, and this is a problem nationwide!”
Gerulskis invited the public to experience the solar eclipse at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center on Monday, August 21. The Center has planned a full day of eclipse-related shows, special guest presentations, family activities and solar observing from 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. In the observatory and on the lawn just outside the Center, educators will be on hand with solar filter-covered telescopes for safe solar observing, and the Center will have eclipse glasses on hand for visitors to share while observing the eclipse right outside the Center. (but not purchase).
“This is a great time to join as a member,” Gerulskis notes, “as we will be ‘eclipsing’ the cost of all memberships purchased from now up through the day of The Great American Solar Eclipse, Monday, August 21, by 10%. Membership enables free admission and free planetarium shows for a full year!”
Admission to the Discovery Center is $10 for adults, $9 for students and seniors, $7 for children 3 – 12 years old and free for members and children 2 years and under. Planetarium shows are an additional $5.
The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center features 21st century interactive exhibits on aviation, astronomy, Earth and space science, a state-of-the-art planetarium and a variety of science, technology, and engineering and mathematics programs. The engaging, robust educational programs are geared towards families, teens, seniors, students, community groups and lifelong learners. For more information, visit www.starhop.com.