Michigan Science Center Solar Eclipse


Expanded distance learning capabilities showcase total solar eclipse

What: Solar Eclipse Celebration - On August 21, North America will experience a solar eclipse. To celebrate, MiSci is hosting a whole day of programming revolving around the sun, space, and science. Space enthusiasts can get hands-on with space and Earth concepts and participate in activities, such as making clouds, investigating gravity, exploring icy worlds and learning about research at NASA.

Visitors can watch the total solar eclipse throughout the entire day as MiSci live streams the event in the new Toyota Engineering 4D Theater. The theater will be open to all visitors on Eclipse Day and is included with paid general admission. Or, guests can join amateur astronomers outside the Science Center to experience the partial eclipse safely.

MiSci will also be playing the NASA-funded planetarium show, Sunstruck, in the Dassault Systèmes Planetarium. The film takes viewers to the beginning of time to experience the birth of the sun, to discover how it came to support life, how it threatens life as we know it, and how its energy will one day fade away.

Additionally, MiSci is taking the Smithsonian’s Spark!Lab to space as guests are challenged to design homes, cities, and other new technologies to help them live in different parts of space.

When: Aug. 21 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
            In Detroit, the partial eclipse will begin at 1:03 p.m. and end at 3:47 p.m.

What: Additional Space Programming - Using the new Toyota Engineering 4D Theater and as part of ECHO, MiSci’s new distance learning program, visitors will hear from NASA integration engineer and project manager, Karma Snyder, as MiSci live streams her in to the Engineering 4D Theater from the NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Mississippi. Snyder has worked at NASA for nearly 17 years, and served as a senior design engineer on the liquid rocket engine team for the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) mission.

When: Aug. 16 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. 

Where: The Michigan Science Center
              5020 John R St
              Detroit, MI 48202
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About the Michigan Science Center
The Michigan Science Center is a hands-on museum that inspires curious minds of all ages to discover, explore and appreciate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in a creative, dynamic learning environment. The Science Center features five theaters, including Michigan’s largest screen at the Chrysler IMAX® Dome Theatre; the Dassault Systèmes Planetarium; the Toyota Engineering 4D Theater; the DTE Energy Sparks Theater; the Chrysler Science Stage; a 9,800 square-foot Traveling Science Hall for special exhibits; hands-on exhibit galleries focusing on space, life and physical science; Kids Town just for pint-size scientists; along with, education and outreach programs. The Michigan Science Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and does not receive support from the city of Detroit or the state of Michigan. For more information, please call 313.577.8400 or visit the website, www.Mi-Sci.org.



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