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PRESS RELEASE: Lowell Observatory Hosting Events for April 8 Total Solar Eclipse

Lowell Observatory Hosting Events for April 8 Total Solar Eclipse

Lowell Observatory is hosting two public events for the eclipse—one along the path of totality in Waco, Texas, and the other at the observatory’s home base in Flagstaff, Arizona, where the Sun will be partially eclipsed (68%).

Flagstaff, AZ – The April 8 total solar eclipse is the last to cross North America for 20 years, and Lowell Observatory is celebrating with two family-friendly public events. Scientists and educators will be on hand at both locales to explain the nature of eclipses, how to safely experience them, and phenomena to look for during the eclipse. Guests may also safely view the Sun through specially filtered telescopes and enjoy an array of science-themed activities. Attendees of both events will receive a complimentary pair of solar glasses for viewing the partial stages of the eclipse.

Eclipse Over Texas: Live from Waco

Waco, Texas, is one of the best places to experience the 2024 total solar eclipse, with 4 minutes and 13 seconds of totality and excellent prospects for clear skies. Lowell Observatory is partnering with the City of Waco, Baylor University, and Warner Bros. Discovery to host Eclipse Over Texas: Live from Waco. This festival runs from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. CDT on April 8 along the banks of the Brazos River at Baylor University’s McLane Stadium.

Scientists and educators from Lowell Observatory, Baylor University, NASA, the Dubai Astronomy Group, and Mayborn Museum will present astronomy talks, operate telescopes for guests to view through, and perform a variety of fun science demonstrations that the entire family will enjoy. These activities will run throughout the day except during totality (1:38-1:42 p.m. CDT), when everyone will pause to experience this singular event.

Click here to learn more about Eclipse Over Texas: Live from Waco and to buy tickets.

2024 Great American Eclipse Party at Lowell Observatory

While Flagstaff is outside the zone of totality, it will still see more than half (68%) of the Sun eclipsed. Lowell Observatory will open on April 8 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. MST for special eclipse programming. Guests may safely view the Sun through telescopes at the Giovale Open Deck Observatory and elsewhere around the grounds, as well as other celestial objects through the historic 24-inch Clark and other telescopes. Astronomers will explain eclipses and answer questions, and guests may watch a live feed of totality from the Eclipse Over Texas: Live from Waco festival.

Click here for more information about the 2024 Great American Eclipse Party at Lowell Observatory and to purchase tickets at a special event price.

About Lowell Observatory:
Founded in 1894, Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, is a renowned nonprofit research institution. It is the site of historic and groundbreaking discoveries, including the first evidence of the expanding universe and the discovery of Pluto. Today, Lowell’s astronomers utilize ground- and space-based telescopes, along with NASA spacecraft, for diverse astronomical and planetary science research. The observatory hosts over 100,000 annual visitors for educational tours, presentations, and telescope viewing through a suite of world-class public telescopes.

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