Solar Eclipse Viewing

Solar Eclipse Viewing
August 21, 2017

ASHLAND, NE (August 7, 2017) – The Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum is offering a Solar Eclipse event with a science education forum, free Planetarium shows, free eclipse viewing glasses for the first 200 patrons, and outdoor viewing during the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017.

Beginning at 11 a.m. the museum will conduct a briefing on eclipse phenomenon in its 200-seat theater, geared toward grades 3-12, and will simulcast NASA Television multi-hour show, Eclipse Across America: Through the Eyes of NASA, with unprecedented live video of the celestial event.

Although the Museum is not in the path of totality, guests will see a partial eclipse from the museum. The first 200 Museum guests will be given free eclipse viewing glasses and are invited to visit the Museum for a discovery of space in its Black Holes exhibit and a free Planetarium show offered every half hour from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

August 21, 2017 Events Include:

  • Museum opens at 9 a.m.
  • Free planetarium shows 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • NASA Television viewing from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Science presentation at 11 a.m.
  • Outdoor music entertainment during the eclipse gathering outside the museum. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket for the outdoor gathering. Guest can expect to see the following:
    • Partial eclipse begins at 11:37:54 a.m.
    • Time of greatest obscuration (99.5%)  begins at 1:03:49 p.m.
    • Approximate length of greatest obscuration: 1 minute, 24 seconds

The indoor festivities are part of general admission. The outdoor viewing is free to all and glasses are free for the first 200 guests. General admission is $12/ adult, $11/ senior or military, $6/youth 4-12 years of age.