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Solar Eclipse at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

Concord, NH – On Monday, August 21, Granite Staters will have the rare opportunity to experience a solar eclipse! While New Hampshire is not in the path of totality, it is close enough so that fully 62% of the sun will be eclipsed by Earth’s moon, creating a dramatic view of this celestial phenomenon. The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center has joined with the New Hampshire Science Teachers Association to celebrate the eclipse with a full day of rain or shine activities on August 21, culminating with a gathering outside the Center in the afternoon to watch the eclipse:

10:30 a.m.
Discovery Center opens
Kids & Family Sun-Related Activities at stations throughout the Discovery Center
Observatory tours, solar viewing (pending clear skies)

10:45 a.m.
Gallery Talk with Special Guest Speaker Kevin Skarupa, WMUR Meteorologist: The Nature and Impacts of the Sun

11 a.m.
Planetarium Show: The Little Star that Could

Kids & Family Sun-Related Activities at stations throughout the Discovery Center

Live Stream from NASA: Solar Eclipse Viewing along the path of totality
Planetarium Show: Sunstruck

1 p.m.

Gallery Talk: The Sun
Planetarium Show: Tonight’s Sky, Special Eclipse Version

1:25 – 3:55 p.m.
Partial Solar Eclipse: Gather outside the Discovery Center to watch the Eclipse, guided by educators from the Discovery Center and NH Science Teachers Association

2 p.m.
Gallery Talk with Special Guest Speaker Andrew DiGiovanni, NH Science Teachers Association: A Space-Bird’s Eye View of the Sun-Earth-Moon System

3 p.m.
Planetarium Show: Take Flight

On Monday, August 21, the partial solar eclipse will begin at approximately 1:25 p.m. The moon will gradually block more and more of New Hampshire’s view of the sun over the next hour and 18 minutes, until maximum partial eclipse is reached at 2:43 p.m. From 2:43 to 3:55 p.m., the sun will gradually be restored to full brightness. It is not safe to look directly at the sun at any time. Eclipse glasses are currently available for purchase in the Discovery Center’s Science Store. Activities will all happen regardless of weather, except for the actual solar and eclipse viewing activities, which require clear skies.


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. Eclipse glasses are available in the Discovery Center Science Store for $3 each.

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