On Saturday, October 14, 2023, the Americas will experience a fabulous annular eclipse of the Sun. Stretching from Oregon, across the United States, Central America, to Brazil, the Moon will eclipse the Sun, leaving a small ring of Sun around the Moon. Outside of that path, observers will see a partial solar eclipse. Frosty Drew Observatory and Science Center will be open all day celebrating this spectacular event!
Check out our gallery of images of the solar eclipse captured at Frosty Drew Observatory and Science Center.
Starting at 10:00 a.m. the Frosty Drew campus will be buzzing with solar activity. Solar telescopes in both white light and hydrogen alpha will be set up for observers to catch a view of the solar photosphere and chromosphere, including views of sunspots, prominence, and filaments on the Sun. We will have solar projectors set up showcasing projected views of the Sun as well as eclipse shades on hand for safe observing of the solar photosphere*. The solar eclipse starts at 12:15 p.m. and will continue until 2:35 p.m. with maximum eclipse occurring at 1:26 p.m. when the Moon eclipses 19.11% of the Sun. Unfortunately, Frosty Drew Observatory is not along the path of the annular eclipse. But we will experience a partial solar eclipse.
Tickets are required for visitors to attend this event. Tickets cost $5 per person over the age of 4. Children 4 years of age and younger are admitted freely. Each ticket will come with a pair of eclipse glasses, that the ticket holder can keep, as well as access to the Observatory Courtyard where we will have several solar telescopes available for observation, the Sky Theatre which will be showing on screen features about the Sun, the Science Center which will host a live streamed view of the Sun from a telescope, and the Observatory dome, which will also host an onscreen live stream of the eclipse from a telescope. Please review and understand our Cancellation Policy before purchasing tickets.
Viewing the eclipse will be a fantastically memorable experience, but safety is paramount to forming a lasting positive memory, instead of a lasting vision impairment! Read about Safely Observing The Solar Eclipse. Additionally, you may have old eclipse glasses sitting around from a previous solar eclipse or solar event. These old glasses may still be usable. To confirm if your old glasses are safe to use check out the Frosty Drew YouTube on testing eclipse glasses.
This is a fantastic event that is certainly not to be missed! So set your sights to Frosty Drew Observatory and Science Center for a fabulous autumn Saturday under a solar eclipse and become acquainted with that astro geek just waiting to break free.
* Note: We will have a limited supply of Eclipse Glasses available for visitors to use. Eclipse Glasses will also be available for purchase for those interested in owning a pair.