Solar Eclipse Day at the National Museum of the USAF

last updated 02/16/2024
Solar Eclipse Day at the National Museum of the USAF

Hands-on activities, rocket launches, presentations, hot air balloon glow and more April 8 - Experience the Solar Eclipse at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force!

Event details

Address: 1100 Spaatz St., Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433 [Map/directions]
Event has passed (Mon, Apr 08 2024)
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FREE Eclipse adventure at the National Museum of the USAF April 8

Mark your calendars, space cadets and astronomy enthusiasts! Brace yourselves for a celestial spectacle and an out-of-this-world event at the National Air Force Museum's Solar Eclipse Day, happening on April 8th from 10 am to 4 pm.

Witness the moon do a cosmic high-five with the sun, plunging the world into darkness for a breathtaking 2 minutes and 43 seconds. But fear not, cloudy skies won't ground your experience! The museum has your back with live feeds of the eclipse on giant screens, ensuring you catch all the action, rain or shine.

But this isn't just a passive stargazing session. This is an interactive odyssey! Get your hands dirty with fun, educational activities:

  • Become a moon maestro: Craft your own moon phase calendar and calculator, or model a mini-eclipse.
  • Channel your inner astronomer: Learn the secrets of lunar eclipses and peek into the universe with a DIY pinhole camera.
  • Eclipse in a cup? It's not your morning joe, but a captivating demonstration you won't want to miss.
  • Craft your own eclipse shades: Be a responsible space adventurer and learn how to safely view the celestial show.
  • Need a break from the celestial wonders? Take in the awe-inspiring sight of hot air balloons glowing against the darkening sky, or witness the Wright Stuff Rocketeers launch skyward, culminating in a spectacular Glow Launch during the eclipse!

Fuel up for the adventure with delicious eats from on-site food trucks. Or, grab a bite at the museum's Valkyrie Cafe or Launchpad Shop 'n Snack.

Don't forget to catch expert presentations throughout the day, delving deeper into the science and wonder of eclipses. So, gather your crew and get ready to experience the National Air Force Museum's Solar Eclipse Day.

This event is supported by the Simons Foundation and is part of its "In the Path of Totality™" initiative. (Federal Endorsement Not Implied).  The full schedule is coming soon, find the museum website link below.

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Solar Eclipse Day at the National Museum of the USAF is taking place at National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, which is located at 1100 Spaatz St. in Wright-Patterson AFB. National Museum of the U.S. Air Force - The world's largest and oldest military aviation museum, located in Dayton Ohio. - read more
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