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Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Total Solar Eclipse 2017
Total Solar Eclipse

Total Solar Eclipse: [Credit - NSO/AURA/NSF]

Below you will find links to resources related to this month's public planetarium programs about the total solar eclipse, which will be visible along a 70-mile wide stripe across the United States on August 21, 2017.

  •  This incredible site is one of my favorites, with maps, diagrams, descriptions, animations, how to observe the eclipse, and more. If you only use one of these resources, start here.
  • NASA's Eclipse Site:  Another great collection of resources. One section that NASA offers that others don't is the collection of activities related to eclipses. 
  • NASA's Google Maps overlay:  zoom in and pan to explore locations along the path of totality. Great tool for choosing your observing site and planning your trip.
  •  This site hosts an incredible collection of beautiful, detailed maps. Click on Gallery at the top, and look for the August 21st 2017 collection. In that gallery, you may need to download the image in order to see the full resolution image. 
  • Another great source of information about the eclipse. This site includes a great table of cities along the path of totality. 
  • Milwaukee Public Museum Bus Trip:  Join us for this 5-day trip to see the eclipse, and some museums, science centers, and historic sites along the way.
  • Rainbow Symphony Store:  This is where we purchase our eclipse shades. Note that we were able to purchase them in bulk so that we could get our price down for the ones we're selling here at the planetarium. A minimum order of 10 online costs $1.95 each, but you can get the cool designs commemorating this 2017 eclipse.

Eclipse Glasses for Sale!

Image shows a Sun shape made with eclipse glasses

Be safe, order a pair for everyone in the family!


Be prepared to look at the October 14, 2023 and the April 8, 2024 Solar eclipses!

Did you know the sun is a great object to look at any day... sometimes its sunspots are so large that you can see them with just your eyes (protected with these amazing eclipse glasses, of course) from our spaceship Earth at more than 93,000,000 miles away.

Glasses purchased must be picked up at the planetarium by appointment or at any of our public events.   Cost is $5 per pair with all proceeds directly benefiting the planetarium.  Send an email to the planetarium to arrange for a pickup time.

Cash or check is our preferred method of payment but payment through our online store is possible, if you have to use a credit card.

Buy a pair for yourself, every family member, as a gift, or simply donate the purchase so that we can provide safe eclipse glasses to others in our community.

Additional donations welcomed!!