Solar Eclipse Festival | October 14, 2023

Eclipses happen when one object in space, like a planet or a moon, passes through the shadow of another object in space. On October 14, 2023, an Annular Solar Eclipse will cross North and South America and will be visible for millions of people in the Western Hemisphere. Come celebrate this celestial event at Hutchings Museum Institute with free eclipse glasses, viewing guides, solar science kits, experiments, and activities! Sign up to be notified when registration opens.

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What is an annular solar eclipse?

An annular solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, but while the Moon is at its farthest point from Earth. Because the Moon is farther away from Earth, it appears smaller and does not block the entire face of the Sun. As a result, the Moon appears like a dark disk on top of a larger, bright disk. This creates what looks like a ring around the Moon, leading some to call it a “ring of fire” eclipse.

This festival is brought to you in partnership with Starnet Libraries and NASA Science.

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