Chicago - January 9, 2017On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will occur in the United Statesthe first in 38 years. The path of totality will begin in Oregon around 10:15 am PST and make its way east to South Carolina before heading into the Atlantic Ocean at approximately 2:50 pm EST. For people in the "path of totality," the Moon will block out the mid-day Sun completely for nearly three minutes.
While Chicago is not in the path of totality, at 11:54 am CST, the Moon will start to block Chicago's view of the Sun, covering up to 90 percent of it and creating a spectacular sight. The last time Chicago was this close to the path of totality for a total solar eclipse was over 210 years back in 1806.
The path of totality will make the eclipse visible from several major highways and cities in the middle of the day during a time of year when many people are on vacation and enjoying outdoor activities. Because of this, the 2017 eclipse may be the most viewed solar eclipse ever.
In celebration of this rare celestial occurrence, 2017 is The Year of the Eclipse at the Adler Planetarium. We'll be drumming up excitement and giving people the tools they need to make the most of the event.
NEW TEMPORARY EXHIBITION: CHASING ECLIPSES Chasing Eclipses will immerse you in the spine-tingling, goosebump-inducing experience of a solar eclipse. You'll find inspiration in eclipse chasers from history, discover the cosmic scale of being in the shadow of the Moon, and prepare to chase down the great solar eclipse on August 21. This temporary exhibition, which is included with general admission, will be open to the public from March 25, 2017 through January 7, 2018.
VIEWING PARTY AT THE MUSEUM
The Adler invites everyone in Chicagoland to view the eclipse with us at the museum! Chicago viewers should be able to see the eclipse at 90 percent totality. Guests will receive free solar viewing glasses, participate in eclipse-related activities, talk with Adler experts, and share the experience with 10,000 other space enthusiasts.
CELEBRATION IN CARBONDALE
The Adler Planetarium is partnering with Southern Illinois University to provide eclipse-day programming in and around the SIU football stadium. SIU is located in Carbondale, Illinois, which is directly inthe path of totality ( where the Sun will be covered completely ). SIU staff estimate that up to 50,000 visitors from Illinois and beyond will join the celebration. Tickets and information are available at eclipse.siu.edu .
In 2015, the Adler's Galaxy Ride-rs biked 300 miles along Route 66 to bring the Universe down to Earth for residents of Chicago, St. Louis, and several cities in between. During the weeklong trip, Adler educators and astronomers brought space science activities to nearly 1,000 kids, adults, and families. In 2016, the team piled into the Galaxy Ride van and set off for seven cities in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa. In 2017, Galaxy Ride will visit a number of locations in Illinois as the team travels from Chicago to Carbondalearriving just in time for the eclipse and pre-eclipse festivities.
To encourage community viewing around Chicago, the Adler will set up two satellite locations allowing people to view the eclipse together. Guests will receive free solar eclipse viewing glasses and have a chance to meet and chat with Adler experts. Locations to be announced later this year.
For more information, visit our Solar Eclipse page on our website at: http://www.adlerplanetarium.org/events/total-solar-eclipse-2017-08-21/
About the Adler:
The Adler PlanetariumAmerica's First Planetariumis more than a museum; it is a laboratory, a classroom, and a community exploring the Universe together. Each year, over 550,000 visitors experience the museum's interactiveexhibitions, live planetarium shows, hands-on, minds-on STEM education programs, and world-class collections. Founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler, the Adler Planetarium is a recognized leader in public engagement. The museum's scientists, historians, and educators inspire the next generation of explorers and invite you to explore space with us.